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Parsons Names Carey Smith to Board of Directors; Chuck Harrington Quoted

Carey Smith President

Parsons has appointed Carey Smith, president and chief operating officer (COO) at Parsons, to the company’s board of directors. As president and COO, Smith leads Parsons’ global operations and drives growth strategy through technology innovation. “Carey has been central to our growth and success since joining Parsons,” said Chuck Harrington, chairman and CEO of Parsons and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient. 

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Viasat Moves to Acquire RigNet for $222M to Diversify Portfolio

Rick Baldridge President

Viasat has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire RigNet, a provider of ultra-secure, intelligent networking solutions and specialized applications. Viasat will purchase the company in an all-stock transaction worth approximately $222 million. “With the acquisition of RigNet, we are accelerating the diversification of our connectivity portfolio and establishing a global foundation for expansion of our remote enterprise service offerings,” said Rick Baldridge, Viasat's president and CEO. 

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Borenstein Group Recognized as a Top 2021 Brand Engagement Agency; Gal Borenstein Quoted

Gal Borenstein founder and CEO of the Borenstein Group. 

The Borenstein Group has been named a Top Marketing Agency in 2021 by Chief Marketer magazine, in its Top 2021 Chief Marketer 200 (CM200) Brand Engagement and Experience Agencies. “At Borenstein Group, we believe that the most important imperative to successful B2B and B2G branding is building digital trust," said Gal Borenstein founder and CEO of the Borenstein Group.

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Executive Spotlight: AM TRACE CEO Dan Gabriel

Dan Gabriel, CEO of AM TRACE

Dan Gabriel, chief executive officer with AM TRACE, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding its growth since the onset of COVID-19, covering topics such as expanding public health solutions, networking across communities and keys to retaining a highly skilled workforce. He also shared his thoughts on where the company will head in the future and how to combat future viruses and diseases. 

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Jacobs Secures $101M Army Task Order for Critical Network Support Services; Jennifer Richmond Quoted

Jennifer Richmond SVP Jacobs

Jacobs has been awarded a five-year, $101 million task order for IT support services of critical networks by the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), Ground Intelligence Support Activity (GISA) and Enterprise Transport (GET). “This significant contract builds on our longstanding partnership with the U.S. Army,” said Jennifer Richmond, senior vice president for advancing national security at Jacobs. 

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Hughes Gets $250M Contract From OneWeb to Develop Ground System for LEO Constellation; Pradman Kaul Quoted

Pradman Kaul President Hughes

OneWeb has awarded Hughes Network Systems a three-year, $250 million contract to develop and manufacture essential ground system technology for the low Earth orbit constellation. "Today's announcement of a continued technology partnership with OneWeb reflects our position as the trusted innovator in the industry," said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. 

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Leidos Wins $64M FAA Contract to Modernize Safety System; Fran Hill Quoted

Fran Hill SVP Leidos

Leidos has been awarded a four-year, $64 million single award contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to modernize safety analysis tools and capabilities by developing the Operational Analysis and Reporting System (OARS). The company’s prime contract includes two two-year options. "Leidos is proud to work with the FAA to modernize their safety systems," said Fran Hill, senior vice president of Leidos Transportation Solutions.

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AECOM Partnership to Monitor COVID-19 RNA in Wastewater; Lara Poloni Quoted

Lara Poloni President AECOM

AECOM has partnered with Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) and Columbia University to monitor COVID-19 ribonucleic acid (RNA) in wastewater, which can be a leading indicator of infection rates, in the BCUA sewer shed. The team has collected, tested and analyzed more than 650 samples, with results indicating that wastewater monitoring statistically provides a seven- to ten-day leading indicator of reported COVID-19 cases.

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Toni Townes-Whitley on Microsoft’s Efforts to Help Gov’t Customers Ensure Continuity of Operations

Toni Townes-Whitley Microsoft

Toni Townes-Whitley, president of U.S. regulated industries at Microsoft, has described how the company helped agencies increasingly pursue digital transformation efforts as the COVID-19 pandemic tested the government's mission resiliency. She wrote in a blog entry posted Monday that the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense implemented Microsoft offerings, such as Bing Maps Platform and Azure Government, to support continued operations.

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Executive Spotlight: John Song & Jean Stack, Managing Directors with Baird

Jean Stack and John Song, managing directors of Baird

John Song and Jean Stack, managing directors with Baird, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding the organization’s recent efforts within mergers & acquisition (M&A), following the close of NuWave’s acquisition of BigBear and Jacobs’ recent purchase of The Buffalo Group. The two leaders also discussed current market trends, and provided insight into Baird's upcoming Government & Defense Conference.

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AAR Lands $148M Follow-On Award for Navy Transport Aircraft Logistics Support; Nick Gross Quoted

Nick Gross, SVP of Integrated Solutions for AAR

AAR has secured a $148 million follow-on indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to help the Naval Air Systems Command maintain and operate the U.S. Navy's C-40A transport planes. Nick Gross, senior vice president of integrated solutions at AAR, said the award marks the second consecutive for the company to “We are proud to have been selected for the second consecutive time to provide logistics support services to the C-40A fleet.

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Executive Spotlight: Ted Davies, CEO of Altamira Technologies

Ted Davies CEO Altamira Technologies

Ted Davies, chief executive officer of Altamira Technologies, a high-end engineering and analytics company focused on the national security market, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding how the company has continued its growth strategy by adding new leadership, integrating advanced technologies and winning contracts across the federal sector over the last year. 

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