President, CEO, and Board Member
John Watson has served as the President of Torch Technologies, Inc. (Torch) since 2013, and was appointed to President and CEO in 2018. Watson was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Torch in 2014. Prior to being named President, Watson served as Torch’s Vice President of Business Development and Program Manager for the Scalable Simulation Program with the USA AMRDEC. Watson has over 30 years of experience in the defense industry spanning numerous roles in project engineering support, line and program management, and corporate management. Prior to joining Torch, Watson served as the Director for New Product Development for Dynetics, Inc. where he led corporate business development efforts in hardware development, Air Force and technology programs. Prior to his role in Business Development, Watson led their Florida Division where he managed contracts with the Air Force, Army, Navy, SOCOM, DARPA, NASA and several foreign and domestic companies. Previous to that, Watson was Vice President of the Florida Division for Nichols Research Corporation. Watson received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and an MSEE from the University of Florida.