BAE Vet Thomas Payne Joins BayFirst as VP, General Manager; Kevin Gooch Quoted

Thomas Payne

Thomas Payne, a 14-year BAE Systems veteran, has been appointed vice president and general manager of  technical services contractor BayFirst Solutions. He will be responsible for overall business management and delivery functions across BayFirst’s contracts as part of his new role, the company said Wednesday.

Payne most recently was VP of Pragmatics’ defense and intelligence solutions arm, which he joined in March  after he served in various leadership roles at BAE such as senior director of operations and VP of business development for the global analysis segment.

He also served as an intelligence officer at the U.S. Army National Guard during his more than two-decade career at the defense component. Kevin Gooch, BayFirst CEO, said Payne’s global business operations experience in both the public and private sectors will help drive the company’s growth efforts.

Washington, D.C.-based BayFirst offers a range of services encompassing IT, engineering, cybersecurity, data analytics, program management and logistics to support national security and defense missions. The firm holds spots in contract vehicles under the General Services Administration and U.S. Navy.

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