John Heller is the chief executive officer of PAE. Since taking this role in December 2013, Heller has led the company’s progression into an industry-leading provider of services to the U.S. government. He has overseen the company’s organic and inorganic growth strategy guiding the company from $1.6 billion in revenue when he joined the business to over $2.5 billion in revenue today. This expansion included several major acquisitions, as well as the successful sale of the company from Lindsay Goldberg, LLC to Platinum Equity in 2016. Under Heller’s leadership, the company has grown organically by focusing on superior performance and integrating adjacent capabilities, particularly in the national security sector, into its portfolio of services.
Prior to joining PAE, Heller served as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Engility Corporation after the company was spun off from L-3 Communications. Before Engility, Heller 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, Heller held several leadership positions at Harris Corporation, including president of internet technology services. He also served as CEO of Netco, Inc. and president and chief operating officer of Multimax, Inc., a Cerberus Capital Management portfolio company. He led its sale to Harris Corporation in 2007.
Heller started his career in the U.S. Army. He served five years in various leadership positions as a logistics officer. He then attended graduate business school and joined Deloitte Consulting. Following several years in the consulting field, Heller attained his first CEO position at Rentport, Inc., a portfolio company of Catterton Partners (now L Catterton), a venture capital and private equity firm.
Heller graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Today he serves the University of Pittsburgh on the chancellor’s Global Advisory Council and on the Business Alumni Association board of directors for the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. In recognition of his achievements and contributions, Heller has been named a Katz Graduate School Distinguished Alumni Honoree. In addition to serving his alma mater, Heller more recently joined the advisory council for American University’s Kogard School of Business and was elected to the Professional Services Council board of directors.
Heller has also made significant contributions to charitable causes in the Washington, D.C., community, specifically through his involvement on the executive leadership team of the American Heart Association’s Greater Washington Heart Walk. In 2015, Heller was honored with the GovCon Executive of the Year award for his success as CEO and his many contributions to both academic and community-oriented organizations.