John Heller, formerly PAE’s president and CEO, was presented his 2021 Wash100 Award, Heller’s sixth in the last seven years, during a recent visit from Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic and founder of the Wash100 Award.
“Earning six Wash100 Awards in his eight years of tenure with PAE, John Heller is a stabilizing force that has allowed PAE to go from a privately held company on to a SPAC holding and then to an IPO,” said Garrettson. “John’s combination of financial savvy, consistent performance and leadership confidence has helped fulfill the financial metamorphosis of PAE with a promising outlook for 2021.”
Prior to stepping down as president and CEO of PAE in March 2021, Heller was influential in leading PAE’s transformation from a private equity-backed company into a publicly listed company and expansion in the government services arena through acquisitions and contracts.
Under Heller’s leadership, PAE went public in Feb. 2020 upon the completion of its merger with The Gores Group-sponsored special purpose acquisition company Gores Holdings III. Platinum Equity, the former majority owner of PAE, and the private equity firm’s affiliates collectively own 23 percent of the publicly traded government services contractor following the deal’s closure.
“Although we are now a public company, nothing changes with respect to our commitment to our customers, our exceptional employees and our focus on building on our nearly 65-year tradition of being a trusted partner to the U.S. government and our allies worldwide,” Heller said.
Executive Mosaic congratulates John Heller for his selection to receive this award for the sixth time in his long federal career. His significant contributions to the government contracting (GovCon) sector continue to demonstrate the level of excellence that the Wash100 Award was created to recognize.
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