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John Heller Appointed PAE CEO; Paul Cofoni Comments

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John Heller

John Heller, formerly senior vice president and chief operating officer at Engility Corp. (NYSE: EGL), has joined PAE as CEO and is starting in the role Thursday.

Mike Dignam, president at PAE since 2010, will report to Heller who now has responsibility for executing the company’s strategic vision of becoming a leading government services provider, PAE said Thursday.

“John has valuable experience, from successfully growing companies in the government and commercial services market and from his service in the military, ” said Paul Cofoni,  who was appointed executive chairman of PAE’s board of directors over the summer.

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Paul Cofoni

Prior to Engility, Heller was president of the professional support services division at L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) and helped transition the unit to become part of the independent and publicly traded company now known as Engility.

The West Point graduate held leadership roles at Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) before joining L-3, including president of Harris IT Services and VP and general manager of Harris IT’s Defense Department programs.

He joined Harris after the Melbourne, Florida-based company’s acquisition of Multimax,  where he served as president and COO.

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