John Cronin (Jack) joined Fairmont in November 2015 as a Partner and director for aerospace and defense strategic engagements. Jack was previously the Chief Strategy Officer for Aurora Flight Sciences, a premier aerospace and defense company with world-class operations and capability in Autonomy, Unmanned Systems and Aerostructures. Before joining Aurora, Jack was an Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Textron Systems Company where he was instrumental in re-crafting the strategic direction for the company resulting in a 100% record for major program wins in Shipbuilding (Ship to Shore Connector); UAS (MEUAS and USN ISR Services); Combat Vehicles (Canada TAP-V and Afghan MSFV); and Weapons (India SFW).
Jack was the President of ATK Mission Systems for over 4 years where he organized and managed a $1.6B Group with four operating divisions; each with its own P&L: Aerospace Structures (Clearfield, UT); Advanced Weapons (Plymouth, MN); Integrated Systems (Woodland Hills, CA); Tactical Propulsion and Control (Baltimore, MD); and ATK Space (Beltsville, MD). Jack oversaw a diverse portfolio of product lines with markets in aerospace, space, defense and commercial. Mission Systems grew by over 80% during Jack’s tenure and won critical and strategic programs such as PGK, MSST, Iraqi ISR, F35 (JSF) Airframe and A350ER Structures. Under Jack’s leadership, ATK create the Composites and Satellite businesses. The latter included the highly successful acquisition and business integration of Swales that became the HQ for the satellite business.
Jack joined Raytheon Company in 1986 as an engineer and subsequently held a series of technical, Program Management and Strategic Development positions culminating in President of Raytheon Systems Ltd. (RSL), United Kingdom (2003) where he led an organization with multiple defense and commercial products ranging from individual components to total integrated systems. RSL serves as the prime contractor on a number of major defense programs including the Airborne Standoff Radar (ASTOR) and Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb.
Prior to RSL Jack was promoted to Vice President for Future Surface Combatants where he was the leader for DDG-1000, the U.S. Navy’s next-generation destroyer for which Raytheon serves as the systems integrator. In 1998, he was named Director of Advanced Systems, where he was responsible for Advanced Naval Radars, including SPY-3, and the management of a significant portfolio of special programs.
Jack was the Director for Integration & Transition post-merger for the $12.5B acquisition of Hughes Aircraft and Texas Instruments Defense.
A 1978 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, Jack served on active duty and in the National Guard as a U.S. Army Officer and Aviator. A Systems Engineer, Jack holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California.