Leadership

John Heller

Chief Executive Officer

John Heller has served as the Chief Executive Officer of PAE since December 2013. In this role, he has led the company’s progression into an industry-leading provider of services to the U.S. government. He has overseen the company’s expansion through two major acquisitions in 2015, as well as the successful sale of the company from Lindsay Goldberg, LLC to Platinum Equity in 2016. Under John’s leadership, the company has been successful in growing organically by focusing on superior performance, and in integrating adjacent capabilities, particularly in the national security sector, into its portfolio of services.

Prior to joining PAE, John served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Engility Corporation, after the company was spun-off from L-3 Communications. Before accepting his role at Engility, John served as President of the Professional Support Services Division of L-3 Communications, a position he accepted in April 2012 to support Engility's transition to operating as an independent and publicly traded company. Before joining L-3, John held several leadership positions at Harris Corporation, including President of Harris IT Services. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Multimax, Inc. and led its sale to Harris Corporation in 2007. John started his career in the U.S. Army serving five years in various leadership positions as a logistics officer.

John is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He serves on the Business Alumni Association Board of Directors for the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, and has been named as a Distinguished Alumni Honoree. In addition to serving his alma mater, John has made significant contributions to charitable causes in the local community, specifically through his involvement on the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association’s Greater Washington Heart Walk. In recognition of his success as CEO and his many contributions outside of the office, John was honored with the GovCon Executive of the Year award in November 2015.

Karl Williams

President

Karl Williams serves as President of PAE, responsible for the company's operational excellence and growth strategy. He joined PAE in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and in that role oversaw the company’s three business units. Before joining PAE, Karl served as the Vice President and General Manager of Engility’s $620M government services business. Prior to that role, he served as Engility’s Business Controller and was responsible for the financial management of the company’s operational assets deployed worldwide. Karl has also served as Vice President of Harris Corporation’s Commercial Management Services, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Multimax, and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Vodium. Karl held several leadership positions within Lockheed Martin, Martin Marietta and General Electric, and he served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Charles Peiffer

Chief Financial Officer

Charles Peiffer serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PAE. Prior to being named to this position, Charles served as the Senior Vice President and CFO at IAP Worldwide Services. Prior to his position at IAP, Charles served as Vice President of Finance and CFO at Fluid Technologies, a $3.5B operating segment of ITT, where he successfully integrated eight acquisitions in six years. Charles has held financial leadership roles at Avaya Communications, Lucent Technologies, AlliedSignal, Martin Marietta and General Electric. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Accounting from Philadelphia University and his Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from Saint Joseph’s University.

Rich Greene

President, Global Logistics and Stability Operations

Rich Greene was appointed to the role of President of PAE’s Global Logistics and Stability Operations business unit in April 2014. In this role, Rich leads a team of over 3,000 employees who provide stabilization, capacity building and expeditionary services on all seven continents in support of U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense missions. Rich joined PAE in 2009 as Vice President of Diplomacy & Development, and in this role helped maintain PAE’s strong relationships with key customers.

Prior to joining PAE, Rich led a distinguished 27 year career with the U.S. Department of State, where his principal assignments included: Deputy Director and Acting Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance, an Assistant Secretary of State level position; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), which administers the U.S. refugee assistance and admissions programs; U.S. Consul General in Sydney, Australia; and Assistant Secretary of State and Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of State where he was appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

For 20 years, Rich was a career member of the Senior Executive Service and received numerous U.S. Federal Government performance awards, including the prestigious Presidential Performance Award in 1999, 2004, 2007 and 2009. His 2007 Presidential Rank Award, with the rank of Distinguished Executive — is the USG's highest award available for a member of the Senior Executive Service. Also, in 2009, Rich was Secretary Clinton's first recipient of The Secretary's Distinguished Service Award.Rich graduated with distinction in Economics from North Carolina State University and obtained his Master's in Administration from George Washington University.

Charles Anderson

President, Technical Services

Charles (Chuck) Anderson joined PAE in January 2017 as the President of its Technical Services business unit. In this role, Chuck provides operational and strategic leadership of a $1B portfolio of infrastructure and base operations, aviation services, test and training ranges, and expeditionary logistics.

Before joining PAE, Chuck served as the Senior Vice President of Facility and Logistics Services at Vectrus. Prior to this role at Vectrus, which spun out of Exelis in 2014, Chuck served as the Businesses Area Vice President and General Manager in the Mission Systems Division of Exelis.

Chuck retired from United States Army in 2011 at the rank of Major General, following 32 years of service. In his last active duty role, he served as the Commanding General of Division West at Fort Hood, Texas, where he was responsible for training and validating Logistics, Security and Aviation units for global operations.

Chuck earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, as well as Masters’ degrees in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Business Administration from Long Island University, Physical Education from Indiana University and Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

Kenneth Myers

President, National Security Solutions

Kenneth (Ken) Myers is President of PAE’s National Security Solutions (NSS) business unit. With nearly 3,000 employees, the NSS business unit provides full spectrum identity management services, forensic and biometric operations, analysis and comprehensive training to customers engaged in complex national security missions worldwide.

Prior to joining PAE, Ken served for nearly seven years as Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and US Strategic Command’s Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction.  As the longest serving leader in this role, Ken was responsible for providing expertise and capabilities to the Combatant Commands and military services and overseeing a $2 billion research and development portfolio. His achievements while in this role have been recognized with three Department of Defense Joint Meritorious Unit Awards and numerous science and technology accolades.

Prior to his role at DTRA, Ken served for six years as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He managed a team responsible for overseeing nonproliferation, counter-proliferation, and counter-terrorism programs; arms control treaties; arms sales; annual authorization for the Department of State; and the development of legislative strategy for Committee legislation and nominations.  He served as the Senior Legislative Assistant for National Security in the Office of Senator Richard Lugar for eight years prior to that.

Ken earned a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University with concentrations in Political Science, International Affairs, History and English before completing a Master’s degree in World Politics at the Catholic University of America. Most recently, Ken completed The Corporate Leader program at Harvard Business School, focused on corporate leadership, strategy, finance and governance.  

Whit Cobb

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Whit Cobb was appointed to the role of Senior Vice President and General Counsel of PAE in February 2012. In this position, Whit provides legal advice to the company's leadership and oversees the company's legal staff, including PAE's International Trade Compliance Office. Whit is also responsible for maintaining the proper compliance environment for the organization, including through PAE's Office of Ethics and Business Conduct. Prior to joining PAE, Whit served as the Deputy General Counsel of BAE Systems, Inc. for eight years, and as Deputy General Counsel (Legal Counsel) of the Department of Defense for three years. Prior to his service with the Department of Defense, Whit was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, where he focused on government contracts and telecommunications issues. Before this role, Whit was the Judicial Fellow at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. From 1991 to 1995, he served on active duty in the United States Army as an attorney in the Army General Counsel's Office, where he worked on intelligence and classified program issues. He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, which he attended on an ROTC scholarship. Mr. Cobb, a 1990 graduate of Yale Law School, was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

John Lambeth

Chief Information Officer

John Lambeth serves as the Chief Information Officer for PAE, leading the company’s information technology strategy and managing all technical aspects of PAE’s service delivery including IT planning, deployment and support.

Prior to joining PAE, John served as CIO of QinetiQ North America, where he led the company’s FedRAMP cloud security practice and oversaw the Process Quality management and training team. John also served as the CIO for Blackboard, Inc. a global e-education software company, and has also held executive IT positions at the Xerox Corporation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Western Maryland College and a Master’s degree in Finance and Information Systems from the Simon School at the University of Rochester.

Patricia Munchel

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Patricia Munchel joined PAE in October 2014 and currently serves as the company’s Chief Human Resources Officer.  In this role, Patricia is responsible for leading  all aspects of the company's talent strategy and for managing the infrastructure that supports a diverse global workforce of over 12,000 employees. 

Patricia has broad experience leading high-performance HR organizations that are aligned to the strategic objectives of government contractors. Prior to joining PAE, Patricia served as the executive HR leader for Harris IT Services. Patricia joined Harris IT Services in 2007 through the acquisition of Multimax, Inc. where she held the role as Director of Human Resources.  Prior to Multimax, Inc. Patricia held senior Human Resource leadership roles for 8 years with SAIC and WorldCom.  Patricia received her Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University with continued graduate studies from the University of Virginia.

Jessica Bejarano

Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer

Jessica was named to her current position in 2012 and previously led PAE’s Ethics and Business Conduct program. As Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Jessica is responsible for PAE’s ethics and compliance program, PAE’s Code of Conduct, training the workforce on ethics and compliance issues and leading investigations as needed. Jessica also chairs the PAE Compliance Council; participates on the CEO’s leadership team; and maintains an express authority to communicate directly with the PAE Board on compliance and ethics issues. Prior to leading PAE’s Ethics organization, Jessica served as PAE's Empowered Official and Senior Manager of the International Trade Compliance Office for four years. She began her career working in Lockheed Martin's Contracts & Compliance office, prior to PAE's divestiture from Lockheed Martin Corporation. Jessica received her Bachelor's degree in Government and International Relations from Cornell University, and her Juris Doctorate and General Counsel Certificate from Syracuse University College of Law.

Meg Manthey LaBumbard

Director of Marketing & Communications

Meg Manthey LaBumbard joined PAE in 2009 to lead the company’s Communications organization. In her current role as Director of Marketing & Communications, she oversees a team responsible for the company's external marketing, media relations and branding, as well as the internal communications program and community outreach.

Before joining PAE, Meg served in various capacities within the Lockheed Martin Communications organization. She began her career in Lockheed Martin's Communications Leadership Development Program in Colorado Springs, Colorado and held positions of increasing responsibility in various business areas before joining the corporate headquarters team based in Bethesda, Maryland. Meg graduated from the University of Georgia, where she received dual degrees in Journalism and Speech Communication.

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