Scott Rayder, former chief of staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was named vice president and division manager at Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), where he will oversee its climate, energy and environment portfolio.
The company said Thursday Rayder will also be responsible for customer engagement efforts in climate and environmental markets as well as business growth initiatives in government and commercial sectors through products and services delivery.
“He will oversee efforts to tie climate data together, enabling a more rapid formation of climate products and services,” remarked Eric Freeman, senior VP and integrated missions operation manager at Leidos.
Rayder brings to his new role at Leidos years-long climate science experience. Most notably, he worked as the first NOAA chief of staff and supported agency efforts across an almost $3.5 billion portfolio from 2001 to 2008.
His career also includes time serving as executive director of the Alabama Water Institute and senior adviser to the president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
At Leidos, Rayder will help Miguel Roman, chief scientist of climate and environment, grow company offerings for climate science and environmental efforts. The division manager will also oversee work with the National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Naval Facilities Command, among U.S. government customers.