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Mary Anne Cannon

Advisory Board Member
Mary Anne Cannon

Vice President, West Palm Beach Site and Development Operations
Pratt & Whitney

Mary Anne Cannon is Pratt & Whitney's vice president, West Palm Beach, Florida, Site and Development Operations. She is responsible for oversight and leadership of the West Palm Beach campus, inclusive of anticipated growth, and leads the Development Operations organization across all Pratt & Whitney sites, encompassing Engine Assembly, Instrumentation & Test Operations. For this organization she is responsible for meeting customer requirements in the areas of cost, quality, schedule and delivery, as well as developing organizational talent. Cannon was most recently vice president, Commercial Programs, including the PW4000, PW2000, PW6000, JT9D and JT8D engines, and was responsible for developing and managing the product line life-cycle strategies and ensuring customer requirements were met.

Cannon has 30 years of experience at Pratt & Whitney across the Engineering, Quality, Operations and Programs organizations. She served as Pratt & Whitney's vice president of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S), where she was responsible for the continued development and administration of Pratt & Whitney’s environment, health and safety programs, policies and practices worldwide as well as ensuring compliance with corporate, federal and state requirements. Prior to this role, Cannon was vice president, Quality & EH&S, responsible for quality assurance and product integrity and Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) continuous improvement activities.

Cannon started her career at Grumman Aerospace Corp and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1986. She joined Pratt & Whitney in 1989 at the West Palm Beach location.

Cannon is passionate about supporting women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) roles. She devotes her time to mentoring young women both in college and at Pratt & Whitney and has established a scholarship together with her husband at her alma mater to support women pursuing an engineering degree. When not at work, Cannon can be found at the gym pursuing her newest hobby, powerlifting, for which she competed in her first amateur competition and placed first in her category. She lives with her husband Dan, who recently retired from Pratt & Whitney after a 35-year career, and her son Joseph who is pursuing a degree in homeland security.