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Elimination of COO role and streamlining the corporate structure, Michael LaRouche to lead National Security Group, Mark Escobar named chief of business operations
Science Applications International Corp. ( SAIC ) announced today that in conjunction with the previously reported CEO transition , the role of the COO will be eliminated effective April 1, 2019. SAIC’s customer-facing business groups and the Solutions and Technology Group, which previously reported to the COO, will now report to CEO-elect Nazzic Keene . The company’s corporate functions will also report to Keene as part of a broader initiative to operate within a flatter structure.
During the CEO transition process, CEO Tony Moraco will continue on as CEO/executive transition advisor until July 31, 2019. However, during this transition, Keene will be primarily responsible for the day-to-day operation of the business.
“Our employees, customers, and shareholders depend on us to deliver innovative approaches and leverage our expanded capability to accelerate our long-term strategy, Ingenuity 2025. We made the strategic decision to have the customer groups report directly to the CEO to enable stronger alignment and be a more agile partner to our customers who face dynamic challenges and opportunities,” Keene said. “With the elimination of the COO role, we also have the opportunity to realign corporate functional roles to improve collaboration and operational effectiveness.”
Concurrently, Michael LaRouche has joined SAIC to take over the general manager role for the National Security Group and will report to Keene effective immediately. LaRouche joins the company from Raytheon where he was vice president of a $900-million business unit developing cyber solutions and supporting commercial, intelligence, and defense customers. With 30 years of experience in defense, intelligence, cyber, and space, LaRouche will be responsible for SAIC’s U.S. Air Force, intelligence, and Defense commands customers.
LaRouche holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and he serves as a member of the Council on Technology and Innovation for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.
“Michael is a highly-accomplished leader with the technical acumen and customer knowledge to grow and enhance our national security business,” Keene said. “SAIC is delivering industry-leading innovation for critical programs in the space and intelligence domains. Michael’s vision and dedication to the mission will foster additional growth in these vital areas.”
As part of SAIC’s new structure, Mark Escobar , former general manager of the National Security Group, will now serve as chief of business operations. The newly formed Business Operations organization encompasses business development operations, corporate communications, corporate IT, contracts, procurement, government affairs, program operations, security, and facilities.
Escobar has been with SAIC since 1999. Prior to leading the National Security organization, he held leadership roles in program management and engineering supporting defense, intelligence and civilian space customers. Escobar holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science degree in technology management from George Mason University.
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