Sotera Defense Solutions has appointed Laurie Villano senior vice president of the cyber systems and solutions business, headquartered in Annapolis Junction, Md.
The company said she will lead a team of 300 national security professionals in delivering cybersecurity solutions to customers in Fort Meade, Md., home of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.
She will also work with Sotera’s senior executives to drive growth in the cybersecurity market.
“Growing our capabilities and our footprint in the cyber security arena has long been a key part of Sotera’s business strategy, ” President and CEO John Hillen said.
He added Villano brings experience in software engineering, design and development as well as knowledge of the customer and their mission needs.
According to the company, she has worked with defense and intelligence customers for nearly 30 years.
Before Sotera, she served as a senior VP at Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) and led management of the company’s system and software development contracts in at Fort Meade.
Prior to joining Booz Allen, she served as a VP for BDM International in Columbia, Md., where she led a regional office that provided software and systems engineering to a Fort Meade customer.
That office also provided transcription and analytical support services to the customer.