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For BAE System's David Harrold, charity is one part of who he is

AMHERST - An up-and-coming executive at BAE Systems is making his name known throughout the New Hampshire charitable community.

David J. Harrold, 38, of River Road, is the current director of Precision Guidance Solutions at BAE Systems, and he also serves as an information warfare officer for the U.S. Navy Reserve.

In 2011, he was chosen to serve as the executive sponsor for the BAE Systems Employee Community Fund Inc. campaign and was instrumental in helping to raise more than $2.1 million for numerous charities through a partnership with the United Way of Greater Nashua.

Harrold has been an executive at BAE Systems for the past seven years, previously serving as the company's director of security and vice president of product support.

During his time as vice president of product support, Harrold helped raise more than $6,000 for Operation Homefront, receiving donations to complete the Marine Corps Marathon.

When he isn't working, Harrold spends his time as the executive officer for a Navy Reserve unit based at Fort Devens, Mass.

"In 2007, I was recognized as the Navy Net-Centric Warfare Group Junior Officer of the Year," said Harrold, who has degrees in international relations and criminal justice from Boston University, Troy University and the American Military University.

He also completed executive programs at the Wharton Business School, the Naval War College and the Said Business School at the University of Oxford.

One of his existing professional challenges is trying to maintain a positive culture within the workforce in the face of declining markets, according to Harrold.

Perhaps his most significant impact on the state of New Hampshire, and his most rewarding, has been Harrold's involvement with the Veterans Count Club.

Veterans Count is a program of Easter Seals New Hampshire that helps soldiers and their families before, during and after deployment.

Since 2009, Harrold has been a member of the Nashua and Manchester advisory boards for Veterans Count.

"As a board member, I help to lead fundraising efforts for (Veterans Count), which was created to ensure New Hampshire's veterans and their families do not have to endure personal struggles after sacrificing so much for our country," said Harrold.

One of the biggest problems facing New Hampshire, according to Harrold, are the increases in taxes and fees at both the state and federal levels. These increases, he said, may prevent residents from being able to donate to critical charities that play vital roles throughout the state.

When Harrold isn't working at BAE Systems or volunteering his time to raise money for charity, he was recently seen training for the Tough Mudder New England event at Mount Snow, a lengthy obstacle course designed by British special forces.

He lives in Amherst with his wife, Sheila, and their three children, ages 4, 7 and 10.


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