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Excel Technologies Promotes Vice President Debra Yamanaka to CEO

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Excel Technologies Vice President Debra Yamanaka will assume the role of the company’s new CEO. Yamanaka is a resiliency specialist with experience in organizational survivability and crisis management and she oversaw the company’s federal civilian corporate service offerings and operations as its vice president, Excel Technologies said Wednesday. Prior to being part of the …

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Wahid Nawabi Named AeroVironment CEO, Tim Conver to Remain Board Chair


AeroVironment‘s board of directors has chosen Chief Operating Officer and President Wahid Nawabi to succeed Tim Conver as CEO of the Simi Valley, California-based unmanned aircraft systems maker from May 2. Conver, who has led the company since 1992, will continue to serve as chairman of the board after he retires from the …

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Erik Smith Appointed CEO for Saab’s US Defense, Security Business

Erik Smith

Erik Smith, vice president and general manager for sensor systems at Saab Defense and Security USA — a Saab Group subsidiary — has been appointed president and CEO of the business. “Erik has extensive experience in the U.S. defense industry and has a demonstrated understanding of how to navigate our …

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Amy Bleken Promoted to CEO at Buchanan & Edwards

Amy Bleken

Amy Bleken, vice president of corporate development at Buchanan & Edwards, has been promoted to CEO at the Arlington, Virginia-based government technology advisory services company. She assumed the CEO post Thursday and succeeds Brian Karlisch, who will transition into the role of board chairman, Buchanan & Edwards said. Karlish said …

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Michael Dougherty Named New SIBA CEO

Michael Dougherty

TYSONS CORNER, VA September 23, 2015 — The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association has named Michael Dougherty as its new chief executive to succeed founder Janice Kephart, who will stay on as a member of the board of directors, GovCon Executive reported Tuesday. Dougherty brings into the role his experience as …

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William Weber to Become KEYW President, CEO in October

William Weber

William Weber, president and chief operating officer of government services contractor XLA since March 2012, will join KEYW Holding (Nasdaq: KEYW) as president and CEO by Oct. 1. Weber will also serve on the Hanover, Maryland-based cybersecurity firm’s board of directors upon his arrival and brings more than 25 years …

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Steven Demetriou Named President, CEO of Jacobs

Steven Demetriou

Steven Demetriou, formerly chairman and CEO of aluminum manufacturing company Aleris, will join Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE: JEC) on August 17 as president and CEO. Jacobs said Monday that Demetriou will bring more than 30 years of business management experience to his dual role and be responsible for helping strengthen …

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Lou Von Thaer Joins DynCorp as CEO

Lou Von Thaer

Lou Von Thaer, formerly president of the national security sector at Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), has been appointed chief executive of DynCorp International. The more than 30-year government market veteran succeeds interim CEO Jim Geisler, who will move into a new role as non-executive chairman of DynCorp’s board of directors, the …

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Sunil Ramchand Promoted to CEO at Mission Essential; Chad Monnin Comments

Sunil Ramchand

Sunil Ramchand, chief strategy and business development officer at Mission Essential since 2012, has been promoted to CEO at the Herndon, Virginia-based contractor. He succeeds Peter Horvath, who has held the CEO post for the past three years, and will report to Chairmen Chad Monnin and Gregory Miller, Mission Essential …

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Timothy Cooke Appointed ASI Government President, CEO

ASI Government

Dr. Timothy Cooke, president of the consulting division at ASI Government, will serve as president and CEO at the Arlington, Virginia-based professional services contractor beginning on Feb. 15. He succeeds Kimberly McCabe, who has led the company over the past four years and will remain as a board member, ASI …

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