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Steve Fendley Appointed Kratos CTO for Composite Engineering Unit

Steve Fendley
Steve Fendley

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (Nasdaq: KTOS) has appointed Steve Fendley as senior vice president and general manager/chief technology officer for the Composite Engineering Inc. business unit of the company’s unmanned systems division.

Kratos said Thursday Fendley will oversee CEi business and manage the expansion of the unit’s drone systems and aircraft portfolio under his new leadership role.

“Steve’s deep experience in the UAS business, the resources he has brought or introduced to KUSD, coupled with his important unmanned system industry relationships, his passion for UAS technology and overall team leadership has been a critical element in the positioning of Kratos unmanned systems division for future success, ” said Eric DeMarco, Kratos president and CEO.

Fendley previously held the role of vice president of engineering for CEi where he helped expand the business’ unmanned aircraft portfolio including the Unmanned Tactical Aerial Platform program.

He also co-founded defense contractor 5-D Systems and has served as its president since 1999.

Earlier in his more than two-decade career, Fendley also held various engineering and management roles at Westinghouse, Tracor, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

Fendley holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University.

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