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Executive Mosaic’s Weekly GovCon Round-up: Recent Private Sector Executive Moves in GovCon

Weekly Roundup
January 15 – January 19, 2017

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

This week we’re going to take a look at some of the recent executive moves in the GovCon marketplace. In the past few weeks there have been numerous changes in leadership including:

  • Bruce Caswell succeeding Richard Montoni as CEO of Maximus
  • Reginald Brothers joining Peraton as EVP & CTO
  • Gus Bontzos being appointed as head of Peraton’s defense & electronic warfare sector
  • Jeff Henry’s promotion to president at ViON
  • Rod Fontecilla joining Altamira as CTO
  • Brian Fogg joining CSRA as CTO of its health & civil group
  • Greg Hughes being selected as CEO of Veritas
  • Mike Greenley’s appointment as president of Maxar’s MDA business unit

On January 16th Bruce Caswell was selected to succeed Richard Montoni as CEO of Maximus. Caswell, who had previously served as president and general manager of the company’s health services segment, was selected for his new role by the company’s board of directors. Montoni, who is retiring from his position as CEO, will remain with Maximus as a senior adviser to Caswell. With over 20 years of experience in public sector health and human services, Caswell joined Maximus in 2004 and assumed the president role in 2014. Prior to Maximus, Caswell worked atIBM and held senior leadership roles such as vice president of state and local government and education and director of federal business development. Caswell and Montoni were also both nominated to serve as members of Maximus’ board of directors.

Also on January 16th was Reginald Brothers’ appointment to executive vice president and chief technology officer of Peraton, effective February 19. Brothers, who previously served as a principal at The Chertoff Group, will now oversee Peraton’s business development, M&A activity, strategic planning and technical functions. Stu Shea, CEO of Peraton, said that Brothers “possesses a deep understanding of the mission and technology requirements of [Peraton’s] DoD and homeland security customers. We will look to Reggie to further strengthen… Peraton’s technology development, customer engagement, and M&A activities.” Prior to Chertoff, Brothers worked at the Department of Homeland Security as undersecretary for science and technology.

Another Peraton appointment was announced on January 11th, Gus Bontzos was named president of the company’s defense and electronic warfare business unit. Bontzos, who previously served as vice president and general manager of Peraton’s advanced solutions organization, will now oversee the newly established defense and electronic warfare unit’s growth strategies, program implementation and technology investment portfolio in his new role. Stu Shea, Peraton CEO, said the formation of new business sectors and appointments aim to reflect the company’s focus as it works to meet clients’ mission requirements and seek opportunities across the emerging warfighting domains. Prior to joining Peraton, Bontzos held senior leadership roles at Harris, Exelis, and ITT.

On January 9th Jeff Henry, former senior vice president of strategic initiatives at ViON, was promoted to president of the Herndon, VA-based government IT contractor. ViON said that Henry’s sales and marketing experience, gained over the course of more than three decades, and his knowledge of emerging technology platforms will be greatly beneficial to the company in his new role as president. “In his new role, [Henry] will continue to cultivate relationships with our partners and manufacturers,” said Tom Frana, ViON chairman and CEO.

Also on January 9th was Altamira Technologies’ announcement that Rod Fontecilla had joined the company as chief technology officer. Fontecilla will report directly to Ted Davies, chairman and CEO of Altamira, and will oversee the company’s innovation programs, communities of practice and technology assessment efforts. Davies said that Fontecilla’s appointment occurs as Altamira continues its efforts to develop new platforms for national security clients. “We expect to inject Rod’s expertise into our portfolio of data science and analytics programs and welcome his leadership across the full spectrum of our advanced engineering work,” he added. Fontecilla had previously worked at Unisys for six years, where he served as the leader of the IT company’s global data analytics practice. Fontecilla’s career includes leadership experience over various technology programs across areas such as cybersecurity, cloud migration and development and application modernization.

Another January 9th executive move was Brian Fogg’s appointment as chief technology officer of CSRA’s health and civil group. Fogg, who previously served as chief innovation officer at Technica, will now be responsible for helping drive CSRA’s innovation efforts and technical strategies in the healthcare and civilian markets. Prior to his role at Technica, Fogg served as vice president and CTO of NCI Information Systems’ technology support office and spent more than 14 years at CSRA’s legacy company, SRA International, as strategic solutions director for the defense sector.

On January 8th Veritas Technologies announced that Greg Hughes would be succeeding Bill Coleman as CEO, effective immediately. Hughes, former CEO of Serena Software, will now be responsible for overseeing innovation efforts in both new and existing platforms in order to help Veritas clients address data management challenges. Bill Krause, board chairman at Veritas, said Hughes’ operational and strategic experience in enterprise software, knowledge of data management demands and previous work with Symantec will help Veritas achieve greater growth.

On January 3rd MDA, a Maxar business unit, announced that it had appointed Mike Greenley as president, effective January 15. Greenley, formerly sector president at L3 Technologies’ Wescam subsidiary, will report directly to Howard Lance, Maxar president and CEO. Greenley will be responsible for overseeing MDA’s 1,900+ employees and business lines in areas such as surveillance and intelligence, robotics and automation, and satellite subsystems across Canada. Lance said Greenley has over two decades of leadership experience in the defense and aerospace sector in Canada and abroad and will help strengthen MDA’s partnership with the Canadian government, commercial clients and employees. Greenley said that he intends to leverage MDA’s deep domain experience and Maxar’s portfolio to advance technology investment and broaden exports to global markets.


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