Harvey succeeds Linder at Westinghouse group

March 02, 1995|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,Sun Staff Writer

Westinghouse Electric Corp. has named Francis J. Harvey, a 51-year-old metallurgist who most recently headed its Government and Environmental Services Co., as president of its Linthicum-based Electronic Systems Group.

Mr. Harvey succeeds Richard A. Linder, who has headed the local defense unit since 1986, a period when Westinghouse has been hit hard by military spending cuts. Mr. Linder, who at 63 is approaching retirement age, becomes chairman of the group.

The appointments, announced yesterday, are effective immediately.

Mr. Harvey, who has a doctorate in metallurgy materials science from the University of Pennsylvania, was named president of the Pittsburgh-based Government and Environmental Services in January 1994. That Westinghouse division manages and operates the Department of Energy's nuclear power sites at Savannah River, near Columbia, S.C., and Hanford, Wash. It is also involved in the cleanup of nuclear and hazardous waste.

Government and Environmental Services had sales of $388.7 million last year and posted an operating profit of $58.4 million, a gain of more than 78 percent over its earnings from operations in 1993.

Sales of Electronic Systems have dropped from $3.2 billion in 1991 to $2.5 billion last year as its military business declined. Its operating profit fell from $207 million in 1991 to $83.5 million in 1993, before bouncing back strongly last year to $164.6 million.

Westinghouse has eliminated about 7,500 jobs in Maryland through layoffs and attrition over the past four years. The Electronic Systems Group still employs more than 9,000 people in the state.

Mr. Harvey, who was en route to Baltimore last night and could not be reached for comment, joined Westinghouse in 1969 at its Science and Technology Center in Pittsburgh. He worked for Mr. Linder in the early 1990s as general manager of Electronic Systems' Marine Division in Sunnyvale, Calif.

The management change was made in anticipation of Mr. Linder's retirement, said Michael H. Jordan, Westinghouse's chairman and chief executive.

Mr. Linder turns 65 in July 1996 and is expected to end his 39-year career with the company shortly thereafter. As chairman of Electronic Systems, he will focus on strategic issues rather than day-to-day operations.

Mr. Linder said he is "extremely pleased" with the position of the local division at this time. "We have been through some difficult times the past four years" as defense spending declined, "but we are a survivor in the process and we have positioned ourselves for growth in the future."

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