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Richard Danforth


In August, Richard Danforth became CEO of San Diego-based LRAD Corp. The publicly-traded company’s targeted long-range voice and warning siren systems are designed to help establish safety zones, safely change behavior of target audiences and resolve uncertain situations in ways that can help save lives. Danforth has more than 30 years of experience in the defense and aerospace industry, including executive positions with RsD Aero; DRS Technologies Inc. and Raytheon Corp. Danforth has also served on several industry boards, including Advanced Acoustic Concepts. Danforth supports charitable groups such as the United Way of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Alma mater: University of Massachusetts Lowell (B.S., Industrial Technology); Western New England College (Master of Engineering Technology)

Best advice: “Surround yourself with the best people and don’t let fear of failure influence your decisions.”

Fun fact: Danforth is a licensed pilot, qualified on single-engine aircraft.