Who made March's biggest hires?

New execs, promotions and hires from across the market

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to include four new hires at Artel LLC that we reported on during the month of March .

The pace of personnel moves may have slowed from January and February to March, but the month still saw a variety of executive hires and promotions as well as some high-level departures too.

As always, some of the personnel changes were internal promotions, while others were people moving from one company to the next.

Washington Technology covered 18 news items on hires, promotions and retirements for the month of March, compared to 24 each in January and February. Here's a recap to help you update your contacts:

GD picks insider to lead information systems group

General Dynamics named David K. Heebner group executive of its Information Systems and Technology Group. He replaced Gerard DeMuro, who retired from the company Feb. 28.

Heebner was executive vice president and group executive of General Dynamics’ Combat Systems group, and his promotion to the information systems group kicked off a series of changes.

He was replaced at combat systems by Mark C. Roualet, president of General Dynamics Land Systems.

Gary L. Whited, senior vice president and general manager for General Dynamics Land Systems’ domestic operations, will succeed Roualet as president.

Northrop names two new execs for Aerospace sector

Northrop Grumman picked Kenneth L. Bedingfield to be vice president of business management and chief financial officer for the sector, and Peggy Nelson will be vice president of engineering and global product development for the sector.

Bedingfield will lead business management and the integration of sector financial and business strategies. Nelson is responsible for efforts to deliver more reliable, sustainable and affordable products.

Bedingfield was already a Northrop Grumman employee, coming to the sector from the company’s headquarters. Nelson also was a Northrop employee, formerly serving as vice president and program manager of the company’s advanced mission programs business area.

The company also tapped Milou Carolan to be vice president, human resources and administration for the company’s Information Systems sector.

Carolan now leads the sector’s human resources team, and its efforts to enhance the people-focused culture, work environment and leadership capabilities necessary to achieve the sector’s mission.

She was previously a human resources consultant to public and private clients.

TASC appoints former fed as CTO

Keith Littlefield has become chief technology officer at TASC Inc., where he has assumed leadership of the company’s technology strategy, and now oversees its independent research and development and technical fellows programs.

Littlefield was formerly chief information officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Artel expands leadership team

Artel LLC has named four new executives, bringing in business development, communications, systems integration and network operations expertise.
Jackie Berger has been named vice president of communications and marketing. She was formerly director of marketing and communications at Harris Corp., where she worked with Artel CEO Ted Hengst.
William E. Cleghorn was picked to be vice president of solutions integration and information assurance services. He was formerly vice president of the defense sector engineering group at STG Inc.
Gregory A. Garrett has been named vice president of managed network services. He was formerly president and COO of AST LLC.
Steve Johnson was brought on to be vice president, business development. He was formerly director, U.S. government business development and sales at Globecomm Systems Inc.

KBR names new president of infrastructure, government and power group

KBR named Andrew Summers group president of its Infrastructure, Government and Power business, reporting to KBR’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, William P. Utt.

Summers was previously group president of UGL Limited’s Rail and Infrastructure division.

Abt Associates names new leader of research and data collection arm

Abt Associates named Scott Royal president and CEO of Abt SRBI, its survey research and data collection arm, effective April 1.

Royal was the company’s division vice president for U.S. Health, and served in that role since 2008.

Asefi brothers take another stab at federal market

Tom and Tony Asefi are back with a new strategy and focus in the market. Before the two brothers sold GAITS Inc. to FedCap Partners in 2012, they created ACI, a company that focuses on the commercial IT market.

At ACI, they are co-CEOs, and are using the company as a platform with which to go after the federal health care market, specifically in the telemedicine arena, by creating ACI-Fed.

Their plan is to work as a systems integrator, tying together various IT and communications products and services to serve patients who may live hours from the closest Veterans Affairs facility.

MicroTech adds new SVP, CFO to executive suite

MicroTech named two executives as part of an effort to work through sequestration challenges involving federal spending cuts. The company named Lynn Wasylina chief financial officer, and Bill Collins senior vice president of Product Solutions.

Wasylina came to MicroTech from PAE, where she served as corporate controller. Collins came from GTSI Corp., where he was vice president of sales.

DAI expands international arena with new CFO hire

Michael Jakobowski was tapped to be chief financial officer at DAI, and will be applying his skills in the international development arena.

He was previously chief financial officer of Mission Essential Personnel.

Qualis Corp. names new executive VP

Rod Duke is a new executive vice president at Qualis Corp., where he is now responsible for supporting the company’s strategic planning, organizational and company growth initiatives.

He was previously chief operating officer of MCR Federal LLC and of Analytical Services Inc.

Dovel Technologies taps new corporate controller

Dovel Technologies named Amr Fahmi corporate controller, where he is now responsible for the company’s accounting operations.

He has held positions such as corporate controller for ARTEL, and finance and compliance manager at BearingPoint.

Dewberry names new principal for cloud services

Dewberry named Ryan Hughes principal consultant of cloud services, where he is now responsible for designing and delivering cloud solutions to the company’s commercial, local, state and federal government customers.

Hughes was previously the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Skygone, which is a cloud firm focused on geospatial applications.

MacB names new business development exec

MacAulay-Brown named John Gorman vice president, Maryland operations and business development, where he is now responsible for increasing the company’s presence at Fort Meade.

He reports to Mark Chadason, senior vice president and general manager of MacB’s National Security Group.
Chadason, himself, just joined the company back in December.

Gorman was named vice president to focus on supporting clients at U.S. Cyber Command, National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency and other intelligence related units.

He was previously vice president, Net Centric Computing Division at KEYW Corp.


Wensinger departs from GTSI, GTSI undertakes major rebranding

In the beginning of March, GTSI Corp.’s chief operating officer, Jeremy Wensinger, left the company, leaving some mystery in his wake. He declined to comment on his departure, and GTSI didn’t say anything either.

Just a couple days later, though, things got much clearer when the GTSI Corp. announced that it was being rebranded Unicom Government Inc. With Wensinger gone, Corry Hong, Unicom’s founder, president and CEO, Hong took the role of CEO of the new Unicom Government.

As April kicked off, Wensinger took over as president of U.S. Investigations Services’ global security and solutions business.

Lockheed's Linda Gooden shares the lessons of her career

March 2013 was also swarming with news about Linda Gooden’s departure. While it was announced earlier, Editor Nick Wakeman kept it fresh with a two-part exit interview in which she shared both the lessons of her career, and what her plans are for the future.

Layoffs, buyouts at Lockheed and SAIC

There wasn’t just news of executive departures, though; unfortunately, a couple layoff announcements were made by both Lockheed Martin and SAIC.

For Lockheed Martin, it was news of the voluntary buyout program which netted around 250 mid-level managers who will leave the company. As for SAIC, the company might not have a federal contract renewed, which could result in 150 layoffs in its Falls Church, Va., office.


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