Mark W. DeYoung

An Ogden native who climbed through the ranks has been selected to lead Minneapolis-based Alliant Techsystems.

Mark DeYoung is now president and chief executive officer of the aerospace and defense company, which has more than 18,000 employees in 22 states and internationally, including more than 3,000 in northern Utah. He was also elected to the company's board of directors.

He succeeds Daniel Murphy, who retired in November.

DeYoung started out 25 years ago at Hercules Aerospace Co., which was acquired by ATK in 1995. Four years later, he was named president of ATK's Lake City Ammunition and soon assumed leadership of the company's commercial ammunition business.

According to his profile on the ATK Web site, "his leadership and program experience have ranged from the company's core competencies in advanced engineering and propulsion to key growth areas like composite manufacturing."

His career with the company has spanned state lines and areas of expertise, from Utah to Virginia, West Virginia and Missouri, from the financial side of the propellant plant through ammunition companies, composite programs and even human resources.

He earned his bachelor's degree in business at Weber State University in Ogden and his MBA at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. There, he was named adjunct professor of the year in 1995.

DeYoung was unavailable for comment Thursday.

Contributing: Bloomberg News.