11 corporate leadership moves that are already afoot in 2024

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There are about a dozen to note from these first few weeks of this still-new year, so brevity will be our approach here.

Aleut Federal

Nick Trzcinski has been in the role of acting president for the past four months and has now added that title at this technology and infrastructure services provider on a full-time basis.

The two-decade government market veteran joined Aleut Federal in 2021 as chief operating officer to lead a company-wide reorganization.

Aleut Federal is a holding company that is part of The Aleut Corporation, an Alaska Native corporation.

Aptive Resources

Jennifer Kirkhoff has joined this health technology and digital transformation company as chief growth officer to work with other business unit leaders on creating pathways for continued expansion.

The 25-year federal market veteran most recently worked at ICF as a vice president and leader of federal health capture efforts.

Aptive hit No. 8 on our 2023 Fast 50 ranking of the government market's fastest-growing small businesses.


Zhenia Klevitsky has joined the government technology consulting firm as chief growth officer to lead the pursuit of new customers and translation of the company's vision into a strategy.

Klevitsky has previously led business development teams at companies such as ASRC Federal and Guidehouse during her two-decade career.

Bluestone Investment Partners is the majority owner in CBEYONData, which has since made two acquisitions with that backing.


Mark Hopkins was elevated to chief growth officer less than a year after he first joined this cybersecurity and digital transformation provider as senior director of business development and strategic capture.

The three-decade federal contracting veteran will manage Electrosoft's market and trend analysis, pipeline and partnership functions.

For more on Electrosoft and the overall government cyber landscape, check out this episode of our WT 360 podcast featuring founder and CEO Dr. Sarbari Gupta.


Michael Lempke is now leading the company's business efforts in Australia amid that country's involvement in the AUKUS trilateral partnership with the U.K. and U.S.

Since 2017, Lempke has worked as president of HII's nuclear and environmental services business group which includes the bulk of its work with the U.S. Energy Department.

HII is looking to provide its offerings and expertise in unmanned systems, C5ISR operations, artificial intelligence and machine learning and nuclear-powered ships to support the AUKUS alliance.

Iron Bow Technologies

Scott Sanner has moved up to the chief operating officer position with responsibility for expanding the IT solutions provider's services portfolio and delivery of current work.

Sanner has been with the company for approximately two decades and most recently was vice president of strategic growth.

Iron Bow has been owned by private equity firm H.I.G. Capital since 2018 and leaned on that backing to acquire the cybersecurity company GuardSight in early 2023.

Navistar Defense

Michael Gray has been promoted to chief growth officer at the military vehicle manufacturer best known for its lineup of mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, widely known as MRAPs.

Gray has been with Navistar Defense for approximately three years and most recently was senior vice president of business development.

His three-decade career prior to Navistar Defense includes 14 years at Science Applications International Corp. in program and account leadership roles, plus 11 years in the Army that included acquisition officer positions.


Aaron Worles has moved up to chief financial officer at the IT and professional services provider.

Worles joined OBXTek as controller in 2016, then was promoted to the vice president ranks three years later.

Now-former CFO Frank Martinez has retired from OBXTek after seven years at the service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.


Mike Burnstein has joined this digital transformation and cybersecurity services provider as chief growth officer to help chart the next phase of its strategy.

Burnstein was most recently president of workplace solutions at Diversified and joined that company via its sale in 2017 to MCW Solutions, where he was chief executive at the time.

RavenTek is a veteran- and Native American-owned small business.

Red Cell Partners

George Barnes retired as the National Security Agency's deputy director in 2023 and is now starting his next role as president of this technology incubation firm's newly formed cyber practice.

Barnes joins a leadership team at Red Cell that also includes its founder Grant Verstandig, former Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush and former Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

As NSA's deputy director, Barnes was that agency's senior civilian leader for six years until his retirement.


Oswaldo Holguin has joined the research and data collection services provider as chief financial officer after three decades in other roles in the market.

Holguin was most recently CFO at Creative Associates International for close to 10 years.

He will work with Westat's now-former CFO Susan Mountford on the transition following her departure from the company after 10 years there.