Promotions, new hires and a launch mark hectic week in personnel

This week has been busy when it comes to executive hires announced by companies in the government market, including the launch of a new brand with a familiar name at the helm.

One of the main trade groups representing contractors also added a new executive to succeed one that is retiring.

Here is a roundup of some key appointments that came to our attention.


The systems integration and cyber services provider brought onboard two-decade large business veteran John Selman to be its chief operating officer.

Selman will help lead Reston, Virginia-headquartered Amyx’s push for continued growth after a period of expansion over the last five years, the company said.

His career prior to Amyx includes leadership roles at LMI and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Blackwatch International

This company focused on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud computing hired 25-year industry veteran David Wolf as senior vice president of operations and capture.

Wolf joined Blackwatch from Steampunk, where he was senior VP of the division focused on the Homeland Security, Justice and Commerce departments. He led Steampunk's successful pursuit of two major wins with the Patent and Trademark Office.

Wolf’s career prior to Blackwatch includes leadership roles at ASRC Federal, Capital One, Tygart Technology and Keane.

Reinventing Geospatial Inc.

RGi expanded its leadership team with the appointment of Chitra Sivanandam as chief technology officer to drive the company’s innovation efforts.

Sivanandam will also oversee the Fairfax-headquartered company’s vision for data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning and cyber situational awareness offerings.

Her career prior to RGi includes stops at Science Applications International Corp., In-Q-Tel, and the companies formerly known as Blackbird Technologies and Exelis.


Three new executives have joined this company to help lead its effort to build what it calls an information superhighway for the space economy.

Alan Khalili is now chief financial officer, while Jim Schwenke takes the role of vice president for intelligence community business and Erik Levine becomes VP of space segment program management.

Khalili helped found the Aireon air traffic surveillance venture while at Iridium. Schwenke’s career includes experience at BAE Systems, Leidos, Northrop Grumman and the Air Force. Levine spent much of his career at Space Systems Loral and most recently was a senior program manager at Intuitive, which focused on robotic-assisted surgery.

McLean-headquartered SpaceLink is a subsidiary of Electro Optic Systems Holdings, a defense and space company based and listed in Australia.

SUSE Rancher Government Solutions

SUSE RGS is a new name to the federal market that made its debut as a provider of open source tools for use in cloud adoption, cloud-native application development, Linux and Kubernetes.

This company’s new leader is Lynne Chamberlain, who most recently led Red Hat’s government capture and business development organization.

Key federal customers SUSE RGS touts include the Air Force, NASA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Postal Service.

Aerospace Industries Association

In July, nearly two-decade General Electric veteran Peter Prowitt will join the trade group representing large aerospace-and-defense companies as chief operating officer.

Current AIA COO Bob Durbin will retire from the association at that time after nearly six years as COO. Durbin joined AIA in 2015 after four years as head of corporate development at Exelis.

Prowitt has led the global government relations team for GE’s aviation business since 2010. He also is a former chief of staff for Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) and staff director of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

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

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