David J. Albritton
General Motors Defense LLC
David J. Albritton is the lead executive and general manager of General Motors Defense LLC, GM’s new business entity focused on providing a variety of innovative and advanced automotive technologies and services to the global aerospace, defense and security industries.
Prior to this, he was GM’s Executive Director, Product Development & International Communications, where he was responsible for the development and execution of communication strategies for advanced engineering, vehicle design, quality, safety, propulsion systems, purchasing, supply chain and the underlying technical leadership in new product development. He also had oversight and responsibility for internal and external communications for all of GM’s global regions, including China, South America, Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada and Mexico. He was also a member of the Board of Managers for GM Defense.
Albritton came to GM following the sale of Exelis Inc., a global aerospace, defense and information solutions company, to Harris Corp. in 2015. He was the Exelis Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, a role he assumed upon the company’sspin off from ITT Corporation in 2011. He was the architect of the creation and successful launch of Exelis’ global brand and a key member of the executive leadership team that created and executed the company’s business strategy.
He joined Exelis, then ITT Defense & Information Solutions, in November 2008 as the Vice President of Communications. Prior to that, he was Director of Media Relations in the Global Business Development and Government Relations office for Raytheon Company and has also held senior communications positions with United Way of America, Hewlett-Packard Company/Compaq Computer Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Early in his career, Albritton spent 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, which included service aboard USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He also served in the Pentagon as an official Navy Spokesman on the Navy News Desk and as the Flag Lieutenant / Aide for the U.S. Navy’s Chief ofInformation. He spent nearly three years living abroad in London, England, while assigned as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer on the headquarters staff of Commander- in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe.
Albritton holds a B.S. in General Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., as well as an M.S. in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.