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Michael J. Alber has been our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since March 2021. Mr. Alber has an extensive career spanning over 35 years in corporate finance, accounting, capital markets, treasury, risk allocation and mergers and acquisition experience. He currently serves on the SSA (Special Security Agreement) of AceInfo Tech (subsidiary of Dovel Technologies). An accomplished financial professional, he was most recently the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of KeyW (NASDAQ: KEYW), from June 2016 until its sale to Jacobs (NYSE: J) in June 2019. During this period, he led several capital market transactions along with two strategically important M&A transactions, including the ultimate sale that resulted in an industry-leading sales multiple.
Mr. Alber served as a Principal with Growth Strategy Leaders, a business and financial consulting firm (specializing in M&A and due diligence support), from April 2015 to May 2016. From May 2012 to March 2015, Mr. Alber served as Chief Financial Officer and SVP at Engility Corporation (NYSE: EGL) a $2.5 billion technology services and solutions provider to both U.S. Government and International customers. During this period, he supported the company’s spin-out from L3 Technologies as a stand-alone publicly traded company. Also, during this period, he led the financial and capital market activities related to two transformational M&A transactions, including one that resulted in a change in control.
Prior to Engility, Mr. Alber held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Alion Science and Technology from 2007 to 2012. He has also held senior executive positions at SAIC (NYSE: SAIC) for 18 years, where he served as a Senior Vice President and Group CFO, and prior to that was Director of Finance at Network Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Alber’s significant experience in the government solutions and products industry and his leadership positions with large public companies serves our company well. Our Company benefits greatly from his diverse expertise running sophisticated financial operations in both services and technology centric organizations.
Mr. Alber received his Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and subsequently completed an Advance Management Program (AMP) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Marybeth A. Wootton serves as an Operating Partner of our company. Ms. Wootton is an operational and technical leader with nearly 30 years of experience across the federal government and commercial sectors. She has a proven track record in global business development and operations, M&A, divestitures and integration.
Most recently, Ms. Wootton served as Vice President of the Enterprise Solutions division at Novetta, a Carlyle Group company, following their acquisition of Berico Technologies in November 2018. For nine years prior to the acquisition by Novetta, she was CEO of Berico Technologies, and a member of their Board of Directors. Berico was a leading technology company focused on cloud engineering and developing mission-focused analytic software for U.S. government agencies.
Ms. Wootton joined Berico in 2010 and supported the company’s founders with several spin-offs throughout 2011 and 2012, spawning five other successful technology start-ups. She supported the structuring and establishment of those divested legal entities, two of which were subsequently acquired, and two of which are currently venture capital-backed.
In 2012 Ms. Wootton was named board member, President and CEO of Berico where she led the execution of Berico’s strategy to deliver technology-enabled services for federal customers. Ms. Wootton and her team successfully grew company revenues more than 800% in five years, including winning multiple prime contracts with federal government customers. In 2018, she was recognized by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce as the Gov Con Executive of the Year for companies up to $75 million.
Prior to joining Novetta and Berico, Ms. Wootton was VP of, Strategy and VP of, Performance Excellence at BAE Systems, where she supported global initiatives examining new business investments and acquisition opportunities. She supported the operational integration of multiple BAE Systems acquisitions ranging in size from $200 million to larger than $4 billion and oversaw the integration of 12 financial ERP systems, 14 HR systems, and 21 corporate knowledge repositories.
Ms. Wootton started her career at Price Waterhouse, which later became PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”), and subsequently was acquired by IBM. She led multiple technical consulting engagements with Fortune 100 companies in the Financial Services, Insurance, and Pharmaceutical sectors. She led a [P&L] and business development effort for several Intelligence Community customers for IBM. Other notable projects at PwC include working on the corporate integration team for the Federal practice during the PriceWaterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand merger in 1998 and working on the integration team after IBM’s purchase of PwC’s consulting practice in 2001.
She has an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Economics from Harvard University.
Meldon J. Wolfgang serves on Boston Consulting Group’s Industrial Goods practice leadership team and the North American management team, where he is responsible for all partner human resources and development. He is also the North American co-leader for the firm’s change management work and a member of the firm’s People & Organization, Strategy, and Public Sector practices.
Since joining Boston Consulting Group in 1999, Mr. Wolfgang has supported a wide range of industrial and technology businesses, as well as public sector agencies, through large-scale transformation agendas. His work has covered issues such as strategy development, growth, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, post-merger integration, organization design and culture management, cost optimization, pricing, and commercial excellence programs. He has supported Boston Consulting Group’s U.S. presidential transition planning for the past decade.
Mr. Wolfgang is a lecturer at the American College of Corporate Directors, where he specializes in training public company board members on business strategy. He is also active in the Boston area in supporting pediatric food allergy research.
Before joining Boston Consulting Group, Mr. Wolfgang worked in the marine industry in various roles, including as research scientist at MIT and engine room technician aboard an LNG carrier. He also worked in manufacturing and assembly for an oceanographic equipment manufacturer and in the design and construction of small pleasure craft.
Lynn A. Dugle has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in defense, intelligence and high-tech industries. As the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Engility Holdings, Ms. Dugle brings to the Board valuable experience in leading the development of large businesses with a focus on information, technology and security matters. Prior to her role at Engility, Ms. Dugle was responsible for advanced cyber solutions, cyber security services and information-based solutions at Raytheon. Ms. Dugle also has leadership experience with respect to strategy and global operations, including with respect to engineering, technology and quality functions.
Ms. Dugle joined Engility in 2016 and formerly served as Engility’s (NYSE: EGL) chief executive officer, president and chairman of the board of directors before leading the sale of the company to SAIC (NYSE: SAIC) in 2019.
Prior to joining Engility, Ms. Dugle spent more than a decade in senior management positions at Raytheon Company and retired from the company in March 2015 as a Raytheon Company vice president and President of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) which housed Raytheon’s Cyber and Special Operations division. Prior to her President’s role, Ms. Dugle was vice president of engineering, technology and quality for the former Raytheon Network Centric Systems (NCS). Before joining Raytheon in April 2004, Ms. Dugle held a number of officer-level positions culminating in a general management role with ADC Telecommunications.
Ms. Dugle earned a Bachelor of Science in technical management and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Purdue University. She received a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Dallas.
Ms. Dugle is a director of State Street Corporation, serving as a member of the Technology and Operational Risk Committee and a member of the Audit Committee, and is a Director and member of the Audit Committee at KBR, Inc. In addition, she is a Director and member of the Finance Committee for Micron Technology Inc. Ms. Dugle serves on three nonprofit organizations, the Board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), The B2B Project, and ZOE Empowers.
Craig R. Reed, Ph.D. joined Altamira Technologies Corporation as President & Chief Growth Officer (“CGO”) in August 2020. Altamira is a mid-sized government solutions provider supporting space superiority, cyber network operations, and data analytics missions for U.S. defense and intelligence community (“IC”) customers. He has over 35 years of experience in government contracting leadership roles, working in firms providing systems, solutions, and services to the U.S. Federal Government across defense, intelligence, and Federal Civilian agency markets.
Throughout his career, Dr. Reed has worked extensively across the space and intelligence, defense, and government services markets in growth, strategy, corporate development, and executive leadership roles. He has been a leader in publicly traded, privately held, and founder-owner companies. He previously served as Senior Vice President (SVP) and CGO for Serco’s North American business, where he oversaw the company’s corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and business development efforts and was recognized by Washington Exec Chief Growth Awards as Public Company CGO of the Year in 2020. Other positions have included: Founder & President of Growth Strategy Leaders (a strategy and transaction advisory consulting firm); President & Chief Operating Officer of NT Concepts (a privately-held technology and professional services firm supporting the IC); SVP of Strategy & Corporate Development at Engility (supporting the company’s spin-out from L3 Technologies as an independent publicly-traded government services company as well as two major M&A transactions, including one that resulted in a change in control); SVP of Strategy & Corporate Development at DynCorp International (leading two bolt-on acquisitions in adjacent markets and supporting the company’s take-private sale); VP of Strategy & Business Development for Intelligence Systems at Northrop Grumman (supporting space and intelligence missions and the acquisition of a major cyber network operations firm supporting an IC customer); Managing Director at CSP Associates (a strategy and transaction advisory consulting firm); Senior Policy Advisor and Executive Director of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Energy (a senior politically-appointed position); and, leadership roles at Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin (primarily supporting NASA and classified customer space programs).
He has served on the boards of advisors and boards of directors for numerous privately held government contractors and industry associations, and currently serves as President-elect of the board of directors for the Association for Corporate Growth (National Capital Region), and as a Senior Fellow and on the board of advisors for George Mason University’s Center for Government Contracting.
Dr. Reed holds a Ph.D. in public policy with a concentration in national security studies from George Washington University, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on U.S. commercial space launch policy. He also earned a Master of International Affairs degree with concentrations in international business and international security studies from Columbia University, a B.A. in political science and psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and completed the Oxford Management Programme at Saïd Business School at Oxford University.
Thomas W. Nash is a change leader, business strategist and international public speaker. He has led Xalles Holdings Inc. since its inception and reverse merger in 2015. From 1996 until 2015, he led Xalles Limited and its predecessor companies. Xalles Holdings is a fintech holding company, acquiring companies to drive new revenue and asset appreciation within the financial technology and payment industry. Xalles provides payment solutions and IT services to support government, business, and consumer financial transactions.
Mr. Nash has experience in mergers and acquisitions, financial services, international corporate structures, financial investment contracts and exit strategies, including IPOs. He also has expertise in the financial supply chain and payment services. He has provided strategic business advice to more than 200 firms worldwide from small firms to Fortune 500 firms, and multiple international governments. During his career he led large fintech projects within the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and major banks.
Mr. Nash also leads 2B Investment Management Inc. as the General Partner of the Fintech Opportunity Fund, LP.
General James E. Cartwright retired from active duty on September 1, 2011, after 40 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. General Cartwright served as commander, U.S. Strategic Command, before being nominated and appointed as the eighth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s second highest military officer. General Cartwright served his four-year tenure as vice chairman across two presidential administrations and constant military operations against diverse and evolving enemies. He became widely recognized for his technical acumen, vision of future national security concepts, and keen ability to integrate systems, organizations, and people in ways that encouraged creativity and sparked innovation in the areas of strategic deterrence, nuclear proliferation, missile defense, cybersecurity, and adaptive acquisition processes.
Born in Rockford, Illinois, he attended the University of Iowa and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines in 1971. He was both a naval flight officer and naval aviator who flew the F-4 Phantom, OA-4 Skyhawk, and F/A-18 Hornet. In 1983, he was named Outstanding Carrier Aviator of the Year by the Association of Naval Aviation.
General Cartwright graduated with distinction from the Air Command and Staff College, received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, completed a fellowship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was honored with a Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.
General Cartwright currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors for Wesley Theological Seminary and is on the Boards of Directors for IP3 Security Corporation and Beyond Aerospace. He is also a co-chair for the Global Zero Nuclear Crisis Group. General Cartwright has served on the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, the Raytheon Company Board of Directors, the Federal Advisory Board for Accenture Federal Services, the TASC Advisory Board, and was a defense consultant for ABC News. In addition, he was the inaugural holder of the Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies for the Center for Strategic & International Studies and a senior fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center.
General Cartwright is also an adviser for several corporate entities involved in global management consulting; technology services and program solutions; predictive and big data analytics; and advanced systems engineering, integration, and decision-support services. He serves as an adviser to Beyond Aerospace, Enlightenment Capital, IxReveal, HSH Analytics, ForcePoint, and the Potomac Institute. In addition, he was a member of the SpaceX National Security Space Strategic Advisory Committee as well as a consultant for AT&T Government Solutions and Logos Technologies. General Cartwright is also affiliated with a number of professional organizations including the Aspen Strategy Group, The Atlantic Council, Council on Foreign Relations, Global Zero, and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
Jeanne C. Tisinger is an accomplished global leader with extensive experience delivering the enabling technology and business services for the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) global operations. As former Deputy Director of CIA for Support (DDS) she reported to the Director of the CIA and was responsible for cyber/personnel/physical security, infrastructure, finance, supply chain management, real estate acquisition and management, medical, human resources, and associated information technology. She delivered against unprecedented mission demand while driving programmatic rigor in the execution of a multi-billion-dollar support services portfolio.
Prior to her role as DDS, Ms. Tisinger served as CIA’s Chief Information Officer, where she held worldwide responsibility for Enterprise Information Technology strategy, architecture development, infrastructure operations, software development, and service delivery. She drove enhancements to the CIA’s resiliency posture and significantly advanced inter- and intra-agency collaboration capabilities. She constructed and executed the CIA’s acquisition strategy for commercial cloud services, resulting in the partnership with Amazon to provide an Amazon Web Services cloud for the Top Security Intelligence Community (IC) Marketplace, while concurrently enhancing the IC’s cyber security posture.
Ms. Tisinger is currently a senior advisor for Mastercard’s executive leadership team. She also serves as a consultant on technology strategy, cyber defense, shared services and workforce inclusion for a variety of clients including financial services, technology solutions providers, energy, and national defense.
Ms. Tisinger serves as an Independent Director for Midwest Reliability Organization which oversees North America’s Bulk Electric Power Grid and Satellites, a secure position, navigation and timing service. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Advisors for Virginia Tech’s Hume Center for National Security and Technology.
Ms. Tisinger was the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award (reserved for the top 1% of Federal Senior Executives). Ms. Tisinger was named by Washingtonian magazine as a Top 100 Tech Titan for the National Capital Region, Information Week’s Top 25 Public CIO’s, and FedScoop’s top 10 Most Influential Women in Federal IT.
Admiral William J. Fallon retired from the U.S. Navy after a distinguished 40-year career of military and strategic leadership. He has led U.S. and allied forces in eight separate commands and played a leadership role in military and diplomatic matters at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
As head of U.S. Central Command, Admiral Fallon directed all U.S. military operations in the Middle East, Central Asia and Horn of Africa, focusing on combat efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He led the U.S. Pacific Command for two years, directing political-military activities in the Asia-Pacific region. His achievements include a resumption of military engagement with China, new outreach to India, a new agreement on a strategic framework with Japan, and humanitarian assistance to the victims of the 2004 Tsunami in SE Asia. He also served as the Presidential Envoy to Japan, handling bi-lateral relations after the collision of a U.S. submarine and a Japanese fishing vessel.
On September 11, 2001, Admiral Fallon was serving in the Pentagon as Vice Chief of the Navy. He personally directed the recovery of the Navy staff in the wake of the attack and led in the planning of the retaliatory attacks on Al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan. He later commanded the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, with responsibility for the readiness of U.S. Naval forces worldwide.
Admiral Fallon began his Navy career as a combat aviator flying from an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War and participated in many vital U.S. military operations during the Cold War. He led a Carrier Air Wing in combat during the Gulf War of 1991, and commanded a Navy Battle Group and the U.S. 6th Fleet Battle Force during NATO military operations in Bosnia.
Admiral Fallon was a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for International Studies. He serves on the Global Affairs Advisory Board of Occidental College and the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. He is a graduate of Villanova University, the U.S. Naval War College, the National War College, and has an MA in International Studies from Old Dominion University.
Admiral Fallon is Vice Chairman of the board of CounterTack Inc., a company in the cyber security business, serves on the board of FastData.io, is a partner in Tilwell Petroleum, LLC, and Global Alliance Advisors, LLC, a Washington based consulting group, is an advisor to several other businesses and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses. He has been a member of an Experts Panel to the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the U.S. and served as Co-Chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Smart Global Health Policy and Co-Chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors 2009 Blue Ribbon Commission on Risk Management. He is a member of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Science Board and the Board of the American Security Project.
Michael Papadales serves as an Operating Partner of our company. Mr. Papadales is an experienced, results-oriented executive with significant strategy and M&A experience in the aerospace, defense, and emerging technology markets. He has operational experience focused on turnarounds, accelerating growth strategies and maximizing businesses’ competitive positioning.
He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Investments at ST Engineering North America (“ST”), the U.S. subsidiary of ST Engineering, a global technology, defense and engineering group with a diverse portfolio of businesses across the aerospace, emerging technology, transportation, defense and public security segments. Mr. Papadales joined ST to assist in the restructuring of its North America portfolio, comprised of 15 operating business units across defense, satellite communications and aerospace markets. He had responsibility for all corporate strategy, M&A and corporate venture activities in North America. During his time at ST, the company completed two satellite communications acquisitions, restructured its portfolio, and initiated numerous operational efficiency initiatives.
Mr. Papadales joined ST from IAP Worldwide Services (“IAP”), a private equity owned government services provider supporting the areas of national security and defense services, where he served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development. During his tenure, his responsibilities spanned across numerous functions, including leading strategic planning, M&A, government relations and external communications. Mr. Papadales led strategy development and execution efforts, including expansion of the business into new market verticals (aviation supply chain management and IT services) through two acquisitions from DRS Technologies. He also led numerous organizational design efforts, realigning the corporate organizational structure and functions to support the business turnaround and accelerate their growth.
Prior to joining IAP, Mr. Papadales spent over 11 years at a leading aerospace, defense and government services management consulting firm, Avascent. During his time at Avascent, Mr. Papadales led over 100 strategy and M&A transaction due diligence engagements for Fortune 500 companies, private equity sponsors, and emerging high-tech companies. His efforts for clients focused on evaluating new market entry strategies, investment case analysis, and organizational alignment for growth strategies.
He graduated Cum Laude with distinction from Otterbein University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Economics.
Lead Independent Director
Michael C. Ruettgers has over 30 years of experience as a senior leader and board member for leading public and private technology companies. Mr. Ruettgers is the former Chairman and Special Advisor for EMC Corporation. EMC was the world leader in products, services, and solutions for information storage and management. He joined EMC in 1988, and served as CEO from 1992 until January 2001, leading the company in a decade-long trajectory of accelerating profitable growth. During his tenure, EMC’s revenues grew from approximately $120 million to approximately $9 billion. During his tenure, he was named one of the “World’s Top 25 Executives” by BusinessWeek, one of the “Best CEOs in America” by Worth Magazine, and one of the “25 Most Powerful People in Networking” by Network World.
Mr. Ruettgers has been a frequent speaker at events globally, including the World Economic Forum, Harvard University Nieman Fellows seminars, the Park Distinguished Lecture at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, and major IT industry conferences. He spent much of his early career with Raytheon Company, where he played a key role in the Patriot Missile Program. In November 2002, Mr. Ruettgers was inducted into the Industry Hall of Fame, joining a select group of the innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who have helped shape and expand the global IT industry. He is an active and former board member for several organizations, including Raytheon Company, Keane, Inc., Perkin-Elmer, Inc., Gigamon Inc., Forcepoint, and Virsec Systems Inc. He is also a member of WGBH Boston’s public broadcasting scientific advisor board, serves as a director of the New England chapter of NACD, and is an advisor to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Mr. Ruettgers holds a BS from Idaho State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Director & Operating Partner
Thomas A. Vecchiolla serves as a director of our company. An accomplished aerospace and defense industry executive, Mr. Vecchiolla has over 40 years of experience in leadership, global sales and operations, organic and inorganic growth, global customer relationships, resource management, and organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining our company, he was most recently Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of ST Engineering North America. Mr. Vecchiolla led the U.S. sector on its return to growth and profitability, which included restructuring, integration, shared service implementation, creating new business opportunities as well as acquisitions and divestures. He held a number of board positions including the company’s Special Security Agreement board. Prior to joining ST Engineering, he formed his own aerospace and defense consulting firm helping clients with their domestic and international growth initiatives. He was also a Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group.
Previously, Mr. Vecchiolla was with [The] Raytheon Company (now Raytheon Technologies) for over 15 years. As the President of Raytheon International, he led the expansion of international revenue and profitability as he was responsible for the establishment of several new international operating companies, as well as the company’s international strategy, sales, marketing, and world-wide customer relationships with 17 global offices. He led Raytheon’s engagement with U.S. departments of State, Commerce, and Defense as well as the National Security Council. He previously was a sector Vice President for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business. Prior to his employment with Raytheon, Mr. Vecchiolla was a Vice President with Commerce One, a leading e-government solutions provider.
During his public sector career, Mr. Vecchiolla served as the National Security and Military Affairs advisor for Senator Olympia Snowe, who held prominent roles on the Senate Armed Services, Commerce and Budget committees. In addition, he was a Brookings Institute Legislative Fellow on the staff of then Senator William S. Cohen, with responsibilities on national defense issues.
Earlier, Mr. Vecchiolla had a distinguished career as a Naval Officer, and retired at the rank of Captain, USN, after serving 22 years on active duty. Upon commissioning, Mr. Vecchiolla completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator. During his years of service, he completed multiple operational assignments to the western Pacific, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf and was Commanding Officer of a squadron in San Diego, CA. He held several leadership roles in the Pentagon and is certified as a Department of Defense Acquisition Professional.
Mr. Vecchiolla holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science from the University of Southern California. He maintains his certifications as a general aviation pilot and is a “Wash100” award recipient.