Duane Andrews will retire as chief executive of QinetiQ North America and be succeeded by J.D. Crouch, president of the company’s technology solutions group, after the company’s fiscal year ends March 31.
Andrews has held the reins at QinetiQ NA since 2006, when he left Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAI) after 13 years, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
SAIC’s federal revenues grew from around $1 billion to around $8 billion while Andrews helped lead that firm.
“It has been an honor to lead the talented men and women of QinetiQ North America through the formation and early evolution of the company, ” Andrews said.
“I am proud of the unique company we created that provides both critical products which save military lives and engineering services essential to the mission success of U.S. defense, intelligence and civilian agency customers.”
Crouch joined QinetiQ NA as the technology solutions group’s executive vice president for strategic development in 2007 after serving two-and-a-half years as deputy national security advisor and assistant to the president.
A doctor in international relations, Crouch elevated to his current role in November 2009 and has previously served as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy and U.S. ambassador to Romania.
He will now work to build upon the company’s position and “take the business to the next level of its development and growth, ” he said.
Odeen pointed to Andrews’ experience driving organic growth and leveraging several acquisitions while with SAIC, a background that would help form Andrews’ handling of the more than 10 acquisitions QinetiQ executed while he was CEO.
Through those deals and other work, Andrews helped grow QinetiQ to employ more than 5, 300 individuals and generate $1.5 billion in annual revenue as of Spring 2011.
Prior to joining private industry, Andrews served as former assistant secretary of defense for command control communications and intelligence and as chief information officer in the U.S. Defense Department.
He was commissioned for service in Vietnam in 1967, where he earned a bronze star.
The U.S. Air Force intelligence officer also served on the House Intelligence Committee.
It is a both a wholly owned subsidiary and independent U.S. company.