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JAY DEFRANK
Vice President, Communications & Government Relations, Pratt & Whitney

Jay DeFrank is vice president of Communications & Government Relations, at Pratt & Whitney. He is responsible for Pratt & Whitney worldwide internal and external communications, including public relations, social media, employee communications, visual media services, advertising and branding, public affairs and communications in support of sales and marketing.

Jay joined United Technologies Corp. in 2006 as Communications director for Chairman and CEO Louis Chênevert before assuming his current role in 2008. Before joining UTC, Jay founded a think tank for the Space Foundation in Washington D.C. and directed the foundation's Washington operations.

Jay served 30 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force, where he directed media relations. He held a similar role later for the Department of Defense as a key architect of the Iraq War news media embed program. He directed all communications for the Air Force in Europe, the Levant and sub-Saharan Africa, and finished his career working for the Secretary of the Air Force, directing the full spectrum of Air Force communications and managing a career field of approximately 5,000 communicators. He served as chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association's Communications Council in 2012, and was chairman of the steering group for the "Second to None" campaign. Jay has also taught advanced strategic communications and media courses at the Georgetown University and the University of Colorado and edited the professional journal Communications Law and Policy.

Jay holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Connecticut State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also holds a master's degree with distinction in communication from the University of Southern California and a doctorate degree from the University of Colorado.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.