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Guidehouse Merges National Security & Defense Segments, Announces Leadership Changes

Guidehouse has combined its defense and national security segments and announced leadership changes as the firm continues to advance its growth initiatives and expand its consulting offerings.

Ed Meehan, partner and head of Guidehouse’s defense segment, has been selected to succeed David Zito as chief growth officer and John Saad, partner and leader of the company’s national security segment, has been named head of the newly consolidated defense and national security business, Guidehouse said Monday.

Meehan brings to the role sales leadership experience and expertise in delivering digital transformation initiatives to clients across the public sector and commercial market.

Saad is an intelligence community and national security leader and has over two decades of consulting experience with a focus on organizational transformation. He is chairman of the board of the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, a board member for the American Red Cross NCR, a senior fellow at the Virginia Tech Hume Center for National Security and Technology and a member of Business Executives for National Security.

Zito will now oversee Guidehouse’s global managed services horizontal that combines the company’s financial services, energy and health care managed services offerings. He brings to the position over 35 years of management consulting experience and has been with the firm since 2019 following the acquisition of Navigant.

Bill Jones, managed services leader, will serve on a part-time basis as he supports Zito during the transition period.

“These key updates and leadership transitions come at a pivotal point of need in the markets we serve,” said Guidehouse CEO Scott McIntyre.

As we continue to see a huge demand for the multi-disciplinary services Guidehouse offers, the combined management and technology capabilities, and continued growth in managed services offerings, these transitions will enable us to be responsive to client needs and further grow our business,” added McIntyre, a 2022 Wash100 Award winner.

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