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Heather C. Sears

DRS Technologies, Inc.
VP, Trade & Security Compliance and Associate Corporate Counsel
Arlington, VA, USA


Heather C. Sears is the VP, Trade & Security Compliance and Associate Corporate Counsel for DRS Technologies, Inc. 

She is responsible for the leadership and management of DRS's Corporate Trade & Security Compliance Office.  In facilitation of DRS's business activities, Heather serves as a liaison to the U.S. Government and provides expert advice and guidance to DRS's businesses on compliance with the appropriate U.S. regulatory requirements. In addition, she directs the implementation of trade and security compliance programs, processes, and procedures throughout DRS.     

Prior to her addition at DRS, Heather served as the Director & Counsel, US Compliance & Security at Cobham plc, the Director & Counsel, International Trade Compliance for Smiths Technologies North America Inc., and the Director of Compliance at TRW Aeronautical Systems, where she successfully implemented numerous compliance programs.  Other previous positions include legal counsel in both corporate and private practices. Heather has lectured extensively on international trade regulations and corporate compliance programs. 

Heather graduated with honors from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina after completing two Bachelor of Science Degrees.  She also earned a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in International Management from University of Maryland in Adelphi, Maryland, and a Juris Doctorate Degree in Business Law and Litigation/Advocacy from University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland.  Heather is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.
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