We called him a Beltway Game Changer to watch. Now, this just in: Larry Prior, who has served as chief operating officer of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) since October 2007, has just accepted the position of president and COO of ManTech International Corporation. The news was announced this morning by ManTech’s CEO and chairman of
the board, George Pedersen, and signals a strategic new day for the national security and information technology company.
“[Larry’s] extensive experience will be critical in helping us achieve our next stage growth goals over the next several years,” says Pedersen. “Larry brings exceptional attributes to the position and will be a key partner with me and our board of directors in making ManTech the premier mid-tier national security firm in the marketplace.”
The news comes just months after Bob Coleman announced he would step down as president and COO of ManTech to pursue other opportunities. (Coleman has partnered with the private equity firm GTCR to form Six3 Systems.) In accepting his new role, which is set to begin in early July, Prior says he was drawn to the company’s “mission critical” support of US national security. “ManTech’s cyber capability leads the market,” says Prior, adding, “George’s leadership, coupled with the board’s commitment to our deployed customers from State, Defense and Intelligence, is extraordinary and positions the company well to support the growing US strategy of smart power and threat reduction … I look forward to working with this very talented technical team.”
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