Leslie “Les” Owens has been named AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ vice president of cybersecurity systems engineering, a role in which he will advocate the establishment of a cybersecurity systems engineering business division and provide operational management and strategic development in this area.
“Les’ strong leadership abilities and extensive experience in applied research and developing wireless security, cryptographic, and cyber solutions for both the private and public sector will prove invaluable for government customers that need holistic cybersecurity solutions,” said William C. Hoover, president and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS. “His diverse career in information assurance and intelligence paired with his leadership, business management and operations capabilities will allow the cybersecurity systems engineering division to better serve customers facing today’s complex cybersecurity threats.”
In his most recent role as a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, Owens built a high-end information assurance and cybersecurity consulting practice composed of more than 130 cybersecurity subject matter experts. Before joining Booz Allen, he held leadership positions in the commercial sector at Nortel Networks, Iridium, LLC and AT&T Wireless, where he spearheaded the development of security solution sets and ensured physical and virtual asset security.
Owens earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and his graduate degree from The George Washington University. He also has completed work toward a doctorate in electrical engineering with a focus on mobile and wireless security at Virginia Tech.