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Defense industry executive to present business college talk

by Jeanne Baron

Sept. 26, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Michael L. Gulino.
KALAMAZOO--A major player in the U.S. defense industry will be featured in the Haworth College of Business' next Distinguished Speaker Series talk at Western Michigan University.

Michael L. Gulino will present "Experiences, Technologies and Foundations" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Schneider Hall. Those planning to attend should register by Friday, Sept. 30. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period and reception.

Gulino was appointed in May as chief development officer for ITT Defense and Information Solutions, a top-tier U.S. defense contractor. He also serves as chair of the worldwide Emergency Response Committee of ITT Watermark, the company's not-for-profit foundation.

Previously, Gulino was president and general manager of ITT's Mission Systems group, which provides total systems solutions for communications, command and control, range, spacelift, and surveillance needs, plus full logistics support and technical services for facilities and equipment.

As head of Mission Systems, he was responsible for the management and overall operation of all facilities and projects. During his five years with Mission Systems, he grew the company by more than 100 percent, from $1 billion to $2.2 billion in revenues.

Gulino has more than 30 years of defense industry experience. Prior to joining ITT, he served as president and chief operating officer of VT Griffin Services; president of Complete Building Services, a division of The Donohoe Companies; and worked for PAE Government Services (Lockheed PAE) in the Far East.

A member of many defense industry groups, Gulino chaired the Professional Services Council, formerly Contract Services Association, and received a CSA Member of the Year award. He earned two WMU degrees, a bachelor's in psychology and management and an MBA.

To register for the talk by Michael Gulino or obtain more information, contact WMU's Shawna Cassada at or (269) 387-6059.