SENIOR OPERATIONS OR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Senior executive with substantial experience in leading large technology oriented operational teams or teams engaged in technical research and development efforts. Successful track record of developing and deploying new technology in a commercially viable way. Nuclear engineering background coupled with the operational and tactical leadership of teams creating new processes and procedures for rapidly evolving systems and technology. Top Secret clearance.
Change Management/Process Transformation: Strong record of success in streamlining process and procedures to create more efficient and effective operations across differing operational, engineering and technical organizations.
Engineering Management: In the Navy, both as a Nuclear Engineering Officer and as the commander of a major research facility has been successful in managing teams of engineers addressing highly complex engineering projects as well as day to day operations.
R&D Management: Very comfortable as leader of R&D efforts with a focus on managing efforts and focusing researchers on projects/programs with reasonable expectations of achieving goals and being commercially or mission useful.
Information Systems Expertise: Particular expertise in the area of leading the architecture, design and development of information systems involving large amounts of data.
Product Development: In leading R&D operations as well as in the government contracting sector, have shown the ability to identify and lead products to actual deployment and operational efficiency.
Team Development/Building: Both in the Navy and in BAE has successful track record of building highly effective cross functional teams to bring a newly designed ship into operational readiness, to supervise nuclear propulsion plants and to lead successful capture of large contracts.
M&A Technical Evaluation: Has led the technical evaluation team for multiple potential acquisitions. Specific focus on compatibility with existing systems or potentially adding value to the acquirers technical capabilities.
Change Management: Commanded a 10,000 person Naval R&D facility and led a three base wide program to change attitudes to reflect a sense of a combined integrated mission supporting overall Navy strategy rather than the existing constrained visions of individual technological development areas. Additionally, evolved an information system; consisting of multiple non-interoperable intranets into the overall Navy Marine Corps enterprise wide knowledge management system. This involved creating and leading a team to work with the various independent groups to integrate the legacy systems into a standardized platform..
Engineering Management: As the ranking Nuclear Engineering Officer of a super carrier, led a team of 300 engineers and technicians responsible for all propulsion and energy for one of the largest warships in the world with a total crew of 5,500. Vessel was deployed at sea for over 80% of the time and all mission parameters were met.
Information Systems Expertise: Involved initially in the capture and subsequently as Technical Director of a $50M software engineering task order under a $7B contract involving the Armys enterprise wide command, control, intelligence and surveillance software. Led a team of 30 people on a three year project involved in creating a new environment and seamlessly sustaining software engineering while transitioning from a New Jersey base to Aberdeen, Maryland. Successfully completed.
Product Development/R&D Management: At BAE Systems led at least five different Independent Research and Development (IRAD) contracts as well as other customer funded R&D programs to develop new platforms and systems. Worked with the National Science Foundation systems and software engineering concept development with Princeton and University of Southern California. Participated in the Army National Integration Exercise planning session to develop agile software engineering concepts.
M&A Technical Evaluation: Involved in 30 separate mergers and acquisition technical evaluations as well as the actual integration of technology for three acquired entities. One particular technology was for a company subsequently acquired which had a system that had the unique ability to automatically evaluate intelligence utilizing a sensor system.
Engineering Management/Team Building: Was the first Commanding Officer of the first destroyer completed in a new class of destroyers. This position involved molding a new group of cross functional operators, engineers, technicians and other areas of expertise into a smoothly running team. For a new carrier, during sea trials, test and evaluate all propulsion systems and processes to ensure that the vessel met mission requirements.
BAE Systems 2004 -Present
Arlington, VA Technical Director
Global defense and technology company. Most recently directed the start-up/transition of three major new contracts. Also conducted the technical assessment of 30 potential acquisitions.
United States Navy 1976 - 2004
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division Commander 1998 2004
Led this high technology research establishment consisting of 5,000 military and civilian staff with an annual budget of $2B.
USS Nimitz, USS Enterprise, USS Carl Vinson Reactor Officer 1985 1998
Nuclear reactor officer in three of the largest naval vessels all of which were deployed extensively at sea in Asian and Middle Eastern waters.
USS Arleigh Burke Commanding Officer 1992 1994
Commanding Officer of this destroyer with a crew of 250. First vessel of a new class of destroyer, thus led the creation of operating procedures and identification of/solutions to various issues inherent in a new vessel built to a new design.
Other Positions of Increasing Responsibilities 1976 1992
Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA MS, Electrical Engineering
US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD BS, Systems Engineering