Career executive Silcott to leave Westinghouse

June 25, 1993|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,Staff Writer

Edward N. Silcott, who was picked 3 1/2 years ago to reduce the local Westinghouse division's dependence on a shrinking defense budget, is leaving the Electronic Systems Group.

In an employee bulletin, Richard A. Linder, president of the Linthicum-based division, said Mr. Silcott was leaving to pursue other business and personal interests. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Mr. Silcott has spent his entire career with Westinghouse, joining the company's local defense arm in 1960 as an assembly shop worker while attending night classes at the University of Baltimore. He later received degrees in industrial engineering and law.

Mr. Silcott held positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing until 1977 when he was transferred to corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh to serve as director of executive development. He returned to Maryland in 1981 as general manager of the operations division. He later served as general manager of the aerospace division.

He was promoted to corporate vice president in 1989, about the time he was picked to head the local division's newly formed Commercial Systems Divisions. The unit is now called Information and Security Systems Divisions.

In that job, Mr. Silcott was charged with heading the company's efforts to diversify into nonmilitary markets, such as home security and law enforcement. It has teamed with Chrysler Corp. on the development of an electric car and is part of a group of companies involved in upgrading the former Soviet Union's air traffic management system.

The goal was to have half the local division's projected annual sales of $4.8 billion come from non-Department of Defense business by 1995. About a third of its business currently comes from non-Pentagon contracts.

It is not clear, however, how successful the local division has been in meeting its goals.

Albert E. Turner, who follows Westinghouse for Duff & Phelps Inc. in Chicago, said the Electronic Systems Group has "signed off" its 50-50 goal. "They no longer expect to achieve it," he said.

Thomas G. Quirk, a spokesman for the Westinghouse unit, stressed, however, that the 50-50 split remained the goal and said he thinks the company is on target to meet it.

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