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SAIC tweaks structure as prep for new CEO

Now that the CEO transition is in place, Science Applications International Corp. is making other leadership and organizational changes as it prepares for Nazzic Keene to take over as chief executive.

Her current position of chief operating officer is being eliminated, so in essence the people who report to her now will continue to report to her as CEO.

The company said it was part of an initiative to have a flatter structure.

At the same time, the company has hired Michael LaRouche, a former Raytheon executive, to become general manager of the National Security Group. Like his predecessor, he will report to Keene.

LaRouche is succeeding Mark Escobar, who will now serve in a new position as chief of business operations.

Escobar will lead a new organization that will be responsible for business development, corporate communications, corporate IT, contracts, procurement, government affairs, program operations, security and facilities.

“We made the strategic decision to have the customer groups report directly to the CEO to enable stronger alignment and be a more agile partner to our customers who face dynamic challenges and opportunities,” Keene said in a release. “With the elimination of the COO role, we also have the opportunity to realign corporate functional roles to improve collaboration and operational effectiveness.”

While Keene doesn’t become CEO until July 31 when Tony Moraco retires, she already is primarily responsible for its day-to-day operations.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Mar 20, 2019 at 9:58 AM

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