Independent guidance and expertise will help maximize Citizant’s growth and strategic value
CHANTILLY, Va., Aug. 12, 2009 — Citizant, one of the Washington region’s leading providers of professional technical and strategic consulting services to the government, has created a board of advisors comprised of government technology industry veterans who will help maximize the company’s success and value.
The formation of the Board of Advisors is the next step in the company’s strategic plan to grow organically and through acquisition to $100 million — more than five times its current size — by 2013.
The members of Citizant’s Board of Advisors are:
- James C. Ballard — Former President, Perot Systems Government Services
- Steven I. Cooper — Founding Partner, Strativest & first CIO of U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
- Robert A. Flores — President & CEO, Applicology Inc. & former CTO at the CIA
- James H. Frey — Former Sr. Vice President/Group Executive, Litton Information Systems Group
- Christopher P. Haakon — Former CEO, Autometric Corporation
“Citizant will look to these experts as a sounding board for strategic growth and investment options and to provide independent assessments of our strategy and execution,” said Citizant CEO Raymond Roberts. “Our Board of Advisors will be a compelling differentiator to customers, partners, acquisition candidates, and prospective employees.”
Citizant’s Board of Advisors Members
Jim Ballard was President of Perot Systems Government Services (PSGS) from January 2006 to December 2007 and was responsible for strategy, management, operations, and business development of the business unit. Under his guidance, PSGS grew from $57 million to more than $600 million in annual revenues through both organic growth and three key acquisitions. Mr. Ballard joined ADI Technology in 1997 and then served as president of the ADI Federal Systems Division prior and Chief Operating Officer before Perot Systems acquired ADI Technology in 2002 to form a new government platform. Mr. Ballard also served in many key leadership positions during his 24-year career in the United States Navy. He served as Major Program Manager for Nuclear Attack Submarines before retiring at the rank of Captain, USN.
Steven Cooper is a founding partner of Strativest, a firm focused on identifying emerging technologies applicable to homeland security and emergency response and preparedness. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Cooper served as senior vice president and chief information officer of the American Red Cross, where he introduced the first national call center during Hurricane Katrina. He also was appointed by President George W. Bush as the first CIO of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security in 2003. His accomplishments include creating the Homeland Secure Data Network for exchanging classified information among federal civilian and defense agencies, as well as the Homeland Security Information Network for sharing sensitive information with state and local agencies.
Bob Flores is President and CEO of Applicology Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in information technology issues. Mr. Flores previously had a 31-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he held various positions in the Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Support, and the National Clandestine Service. He spent three years as the CIO’s Chief Technology Officer, where he was responsible for ensuring that the Agency’s technology investments matched its mission needs.
Jim Frey served as Senior Vice President and Group Executive for the Litton Information Systems Group until Northrop Grumman’s purchase of Litton in April 2001. Prior to this position he served as head of GE’s Spacecraft Operations, a spacecraft manufacturer in Valley Forge PA, and President of Itek Optical Systems, a maker of Advance Optical Systems. In other positions he was a Program Manager for major space programs, and a Strategy VP for Litton Corporate. Since retiring from Litton and Northrop Grumman he has served on Boards and Advisory Boards for private companies and for the NRO, NGA, DNI, NCTC, and CIA.
Chris Haakon has more than 40 years of experience in industry focusing on profit center management and top-level corporate responsibility. He served as program director for Geospatial Initiatives at General Dynamics. Mr. Haakon was CEO of Autometric until the company was acquired by Boeing. He then served as General Manager of Boeing-Autometric, a group focused on data visualization and animation, modeling and simulation systems, and geospatial data management products and services. Mr. Haakon is a retired U.S. Navy Reserve Captain where he held four command tours, culminating in his services as Reserve Intelligence Area commander in Washington, D.C. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of the National Defense Intelligence College Foundation and chairman of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee.