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Andreas Nonnenmacher: A Defense Leader's Road to Wash100 2024

Andreas Nonnenmacher: A Defense Leader’s Road to Wash100 2024

Andreas Nonnemacher of the ARKA Group received his first Wash100 award at the 11th run of Executive Mosaic’s awarding event. His accolade recognizes his work in expanding the company’s defense innovation through crucial acquisitions.


Learn more about Andreas Nonnenmacher’s professional journey and his road to winning one of the biggest recognitions in the government contracting industry.


An Introduction to Andreas Nonnenmacher


Andreas Nonnenmacher joined the ARKA Group in September 2020 as the President. He leads the company’s growth and innovation strategies by leveraging his over 20 years of experience working in the defense and government solutions industry.


In this capacity, Mr. Nonnenmacher actively contributed to ARKA’s transformation through the acquisition of Danbury Mission Technologies, The Stratagem Group, AMERGINT Technologies, Tethers Unlimited, and Lumacron Technology. 


By leading the acquisition of these companies, Andreas Nonnenmacher catapulted the company into a prime provider of cutting-edge solutions. These solutions promote warfighters’ capabilities on the battlefield and next-generation software and hardware development for the most critical missions. 


Andreas Nonnenmacher graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and German. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Physics from the University of Connecticut.


About ARKA


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The ARKA Group LP is a defense and space manufacturing company based in Danbury, Connecticut. It applies over 60 years of expertise in delivering tools and solutions for the present and future needs of warfighters and space explorers.


Among its world-class services are advanced space systems, optical network instruments, photogrammetry technologies, and ground-based analytics devices. 


With its decades-long legacy, ARKA’s primary mission is to:


  • Provide unparalleled trusted execution of critical solutions for the most complex predicaments 
  • Lead the charge in continuously developing and improving capabilities for customers
  • Outpace adversaries by bolstering hardware and software for the most complex missions
  • Hire and empower the most innovative minds to create unrivaled defense and space exploration services for the present and future


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Andreas Nonnenmacher’s Leadership and Professional Background


One of the strong points of Andreas Nonnenmacher’s leadership is his extensive industry experience which he continues to leverage to fulfill his role at ARKA. Additionally, his professional background shaped him to be a GovCon leader recognized by the Wash100 Awards.


Outlined below are his previous professional positions that honed him to be among the top defense and space solutions leaders:


  • Vice President and General Manager at Raytheon Technologies, from March 2020 to September 2020
  • Vice President of Defense Primes and Government Agencies at Collins Aerospace, from October 2018 to March 2020
  • Vice President of ISR & Space Systems at UTC Aerospace Systems, from November 2015 to October 2018
  • Vice President and General Manager of National Security Space Systems at UTC Aerospace Systems, from June 2012 to June 2015
  • Vice President and General Manager at Goodrich, from November 2007 to July 2012
  • Director of Space Systems at Goodrich, from April 2007 to November 2007
  • Director of Programs at Goodrich, from August 2001 to March 2007
  • Director of Business Development at Goodrich, from January 2000 to August 2001
  • Business Development Manager at Raytheon, from December 1997 to January 2000
  • Program Manager at Hughes Electronics Corporation, from December 1990 to December 1997
  • Systems Engineer at Perkin-Elmer Corporation, from July 1986 to December 1990


Andreas Nonnenmacher on His First Wash100 Award


Andreas Nonnenmacher on His First Wash100 Award


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ARKA President Andreas Nonnenmacher made it to the list of 100 leaders recognized by EM’s Wash100 Awards this year. His first award acknowledged his efforts in propelling and spearheading ARKA’s defense innovation initiatives.


During the awarding ceremony, Mr. Nonnenmacher highlighted that his award reflects ARKA’s teamwork and mission to shape a brighter future. “As ARKA continues to grow, we’re honored to be recognized for our work supporting national security space and technology. To be among such an inspiring class of honorees is both exciting and humbling. I’m proud to lead such a dedicated team and bring world-class solutions to our customers and the nation,” he said. 


Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson praised Andreas Nonnenmacher’s victory, saying, “[His] work at the intersection of national security, defense, space, and technology is driving forward innovation in the public sector and helping government customers stay at the forefront of tech advancements.” 


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