Meet our Board Trustees: Ben Davies

July 12, 2023

Meet our Board of Trustees members in this new series. We are honored to have their support and guidance for United Through Reading.

Benjamin (Ben) Davies is the sector vice president and general manager of the Networked Information Solutions (NIS) division for Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, a leading global provider, manufacturer and integrator of advanced, secure and agile software-defined systems and solutions. The NIS division was established in 2021 and is structured to create significant advancements in cross-domain interconnectivity, edge processing, and high-speed, cyber-secure, resilient command and control to provide our customers with a decisive advantage over increasing near-peer threats.

Davies is a cross-functional leader with over 20 years of experience, who has held program and leadership roles at both Northrop Grumman and L3 Communications (L-3). At L-3, he served as vice president of Engineering, and was responsible for development of advanced navigation, communication and instrumentation systems. Davies has held a variety of leadership positions, having served in director-level positions in program management, systems engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering and product line management. 

Davies earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master’s degree in engineering management from California State University, Northridge.

What brought you to United Through Reading? Why did you choose to join the Board of Trustees?

I heard about United Through Reading and the potential to serve on the board through a respected friend and colleague who was already active with the organization.

What is your favorite part about being a part of United Through Reading?

My favorite part about being a part of United Through Reading is hearing stories about the impact we have on the families we serve. These families give so much for our peace and freedom. Hearing that we have in some small way supported their family’s developmental and emotional needs is very gratifying.

Tell us about the best book you’ve read and why you liked it.

I personally liked The Second Machine Age. I found that it provided a very enlightening context for the rapidly advancing technology around us and some of the key questions for humanity going forward.

You walk into one of our Story Stations today and make a storytime recording. What book are you reading and who are you reading to?

I would read Peter Pan for my daughter, Claire. It brings back good memories of reading stories at bedtime when she was little. She asked for Peter Pan quite often.