This August the GovCon industry has experienced a great deal of executive moves. As the month comes to a close, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy executive shifts in the GovCon landscape.
On Wednesday, SOS International announced that John Avalos had joined as chief operating officer. Avalos brings to the position more than two decades of experience in business development, corporate operations and profit-and-loss management across defense, civilian agency and intelligence markets, SOSi said Wednesday. Avalos, an Army veteran, previously held VP roles at Booz Allen Hamilton and BAE Systems. He currently serves as a board member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and as an adviser for Emergensee.
This past Monday, Privia announced that James McConville would be joining the companyas president and CEO. McConville previously held a similar dual-role at Aeromech Engineering and served as an executive vice president at Chandler/May, both of which Lockheed Martin purchased in 2012, Privia said Monday. McConville also served in senior business development and operations roles at Lockheed, General Dynamics and ManTech International. He is also founder of strategy, advocacy and business development consulting firm Emerald Collaborative Partners.
Another Monday announcement was for Katrina McFarland, former assistant secretary for acquisition at the Department of Defense, who was appointed to the government advisory board at credit reporting and data management services provider TransUnion. McFarland will provide insights to the leadership team as TransUnion gears up to meet the requirements of working with the public sector. McFarland served as a principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and defense undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics on all procurement-related matters across the Pentagon.
Last week, Janus Global Operations announced two new appointments: Frederick Nohmeras chief operating officer and Richard Gross as general counsel. Nohmer will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of JGO’s projects in approximately 20 countries. Nohmer, an Army veteran, has held numerous leadership roles at IAP such as program manager to the vice president of U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, federal and contingency operations’ vice president of Navy and Marine Corps programs; and global services director. Richard Gross is also an Army veteran, previously serving as brigadier general and advising the Joint Staff chairman on legal aspects of military and national security operations.
On August 14th Raytheon announced that Robert Work, former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense and a 27-year USMC veteran, had been elected to its board of directors. Work held the DoD’s no. 2 civilian position from May 2014 until July 2017 and previously served as the undersecretary of the Navy from 2009 to 2013. He also led the Center for a New American Security in Washington as CEO for one year before he rejoined DoD as deputy defense secretary. Between 2002 and 2009, the retired Marine Corps colonel also held the roles of senior fellow for maritime affairs and vice president for strategic studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
At the beginning of August Avaya named Jim Chirico, formerly chief operating officer and global sales leader, to the position of CEO and a board member. Chirico will be succeeding Kevin Kennedy, who has retired and will remain with the company as an advisor. On October 1st, Chirico will be taking the helm of Avaya, which recently restructured itself and now provides software and services.
The final two August executive moves have been mentioned in past Round-ups, however, they are both quite significant and worth revisiting.
John Hillen, former State Department official and George Mason professor and executive-in-residence, joined Govini’s board of advisors. Prior to his business career, Dr. Hillen served in the U.S. Army as a reconnaissance and special operations officer in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and also worked as a military policy expert. Dr. Hillen, who currently serves as executive-in-residence and professor of practice at George Mason University’s School of Business and as a board member of multiple companies, will work with other industry and former government professionals in the board to drive Govini’s data science efforts for the public sector.
General Dynamics Information Technology business named Amy Gilliland president,effective September 1. Gilliland had previously served as senior vice president and deputy for operations at GDIT. Gilliland will succeed Daniel Johnson, who will continue to serve as executive VP of the company’s information systems and technology group.
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