Troy Dawson has been named as the new president of Spectrolab Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Co. in Sylmar that makes solar panels and airborne searchlight systems.

Dawson replaces David Lillington who retired after 28 years with Spectrolab and Boeing.

Prior to his appointment with Spectrolab, Dawson was director of satellite bus products at Boeing and deputy program director for the Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM Block II program.

“Troy’s proven track record of efficiently and effectively leading high-performance teams will be valuable to Spectrolab,” said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems, in a prepared statement. “He understands that continuous improvements, such as Spectrolab’s ongoing factory modernization and automation, are important to reducing production time and costs, and lead to increased customer satisfaction.”

Mark R. Madler