Former Va. Gov. George Allen to Advise VT Group; Terry Ryan Comments

George Allen
George Allen

George Allen, the former U.S. senator and Virginia governor, will act as a strategic adviser at Arlington, Va.-based technology services contractor VT Group to focus on the company’s integrated technical products.

Allen joins the company as it seeks to further develop its passive optical Local Area Network system for government and commercial clients, VT Group said Monday.

“Few people know how committed Gov. Allen has been throughout his career on improving our nation’s energy efficiency and independence, ” CEO Terry Ryan told GovCon Wire.

“We are thrilled to have him as a strategic partner in developing innovative solutions that save energy and improve user experience.”

“I look forward to leveraging our combined strengths for the advancement of passive optical LAN solutions, which provide high bandwidth and significant energy and cost savings for private enterprises and public entities, ” Allen said of his new position.

As a senator, Allen founded the chamber’s Competitive Caucus and co-founded the Nanotechnology Caucus with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

Terry Ryan
Terry Ryan

He also served as chairman of the Senate High Tech Task Force and co-sponsored bills such as the 2004 Internet Tax Freedom Act, 2005 Minority Serving Institution Digital and Wireless Technology Opportunity Act and 21st Century Nanotechnology Research & Development Act in 2003.

As governor, Allen worked to turn Virginia into an information technology and semiconductor fabrication hub.

He founded the strategic consulting business George Allen Strategies in 2007 and has served as a board member for companies such as Armada Hoffler and Nano Risk Assessment.

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