SI International Creates Separate Telecom Company

SI International Inc., a privately held information technology and telecommunications company in McLean, Va., announced March 15 it has spun out its telecommunications business into a separate company, SI International Telecom Corp.

Walter Culver will be leaving SI International and joining the new company as chairman and chief executive officer. Ray Oleson will continue as chairman and chief executive officer of SI International.

SI International officials said they decided to make the firm's telecommunications services practice a stand-alone corporation because the telecommunications business is growing faster, has different capital needs and provides an opportunity to launch an initial public offering before SI International.

The new company will focus on the central and back-office needs of telecommunications carriers. Its current work is focused on business systems, IT and network consulting and systems engineering, program management, central office and software engineering, integration and testing; IT implementation, site engineering, cabling, furnishing and installation.

Several organizational changes were made to allow both companies to operate with a degree of independence while focusing on growth, officials said.

S. Bradford Antle, formerly an executive vice president over systems development work at SI International, was promoted to president and chief operating officer. Robert Sanford, formerly an executive vice president over telecom work at SI International, was promoted to president and chief operating officer of SI International Telecom.

J. David Wilcox, vice president of human resources at SI international, will move to the telecommunications business in the same position. Andrea Wilson will become vice president of human resources.

SI International was founded in 1998 by Oleson and Culver as a full service IT and telecommunications company with government and commercial clients. It has annual revenue of more than $140 million.

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