William A. LaPlante, former MITRE Executive, to Lead Draper

The Board of Directors of The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., announced today that Dr. William LaPlante, a senior executive at The MITRE Corporation, has been selected as Draper's next president and chief executive officer.

LaPlante was most recently senior vice president and general manager at National Security, a sector of MITRE, which includes two of MITRE's federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs)—the National Security Engineering Center (NSEC) and the National Cybersecurity FFRDC. Over his career, he has 30 years of experience with organizations in defense technology and space that include the Department of the Air Force as assistant secretary for acquisition and on numerous boards and commissions, including the Defense Science Board and the non-profit consortium Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT).

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