ITT Corp. spinoff bolstered by comms team staying intact

ITT Exelis, the former defense technology and information solutions business of ITT Corp., debuted as an independent publicly traded company in October 2011 with its own robust in-house communications team.

Company: ITT Exelis
Team size: 23
What's new: ITT Exelis spinoff debuts with nearly identical team structure to maintain consistent strategy

ITT Exelis, the former defense technology and information solutions business of ITT Corp., debuted as an independent publicly traded company in October 2011 with its own robust in-house communications team.

David Albritton, VP and CCO at the new organization, says his team has remained the same post-spinoff, with the exception of two additional hires. He had previously served as VP of communications of ITT's defense and information solutions unit.

Anne Eisele was hired as global external affairs director. She most recently served as director of financial communications at GE and held various director roles at Boeing.

B.J. Talley, previously the manager of global PR at ITT Corp. headquarters, is now head of employee engagement and digital communications.

"The idea of the spin was to not affect our businesses at all and allow them to continue while we executed this," explains Albritton. "From a functional perspective, we have it covered. In addition, we're able to work in a consistent fashion with all of our businesses to execute communications strategy."

ITT Exelis has doubled the size of its McLean, VA, headquarters staff to 125, he adds. Globally, the new company employs 21,000.

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