GTSI fires HR VP as realignment efforts continue

GTSI Corp. today informed the Securities and Exchange Commission that Bridget Atkinson, vice president of human resources and organizational development, “was terminated, effective December 8, 2011, as part of a realignment of GTSI’s business model.”

The company filing said Atkinson would continue to provide up to 50 hours a month of transitional consulting services to GTSI through February 3, 2012, “pursuant to a services agreement, the terms of which have not yet been put in place.”

The separation letter agreement provided, among other things, for paid severance compensation, reimbursement for GTSI’s customary portion of her medical, dental and vision benefits coverage through June 30, 2012, and $15,000 for out-placement assistance.

Atkinson has spent 11 years in leadership positions in GTSI’s human resources department, with the last nine as its vice president. Before that she served as the HR manager at Hughes Network Systems, according to her LinkedIn page biography.

No replacement was named in the Form 8-K filing.

The company was suspended for about 19 days in October 2010 by the Small Business Administration over allegations it was using front companies to funnel small business contract to GTSI.

Among several personnel changes that ensued, Sterling Phillips replaced Scott Friedlander as CEO after the SBA lifted the suspension and GTSI agreed to additional oversight and not to work with small businesses as prime contractors.

GTSI, of Herndon, Va., ranks No. 68 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

Reader Comments

Tue, Dec 13, 2011

I was under the impression that the "restructuring" was much more extensive than just one HR executive. Why didn't Washington Technology include in its report the fact that GTSI also released Mohamed Elrefai (Sr VP of Sales and Marketing), their Director of Marketing, and many many sales resources?

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