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General Dynamics names new IT services growth lead

General Dynamics’ IT services business has appointed a new chief growth officer two months after it closed the acquisition of CSRA and unveiled a new integrated leadership team to steer the combined entity into its new journey.

Kelly Ferrell moved to senior vice president and chief growth officer from her prior role as head of General Dynamics IT’s intelligence division, a GDIT spokesperson has confirmed to Washington Technology.

She succeeds George Batsakis, who held the same role at CSRA and made the transition to GDIT. News of this executive transition was first reported by the Washington Business Journal.

Batsakis was responsible for driving the growth strategy, technology and business development initiatives for GDIT and before that CSRA.

That included growth teams in the defense, intelligence, health and civilian, homeland security and law enforcement markets. He also oversaw GDIT’s service delivery center network that includes the Integrated Technology Center in Bossier City, Louisiana that CSRA opened in November 2016.

Amid this and other recent megadeals in the government market, analysts and executives have noted the difficulty of integrating large businesses together with respect to cultural fit of more than one workforce and strategies for different markets.

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Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also find and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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