Leonard E. Moodispaw has served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of KEYW since it began operations on August 4, 2008. Prior to the founding of KEYW, Mr. Moodispaw was President and Chief Executive Officer for Essex Corporation from 2000 until January 2007 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Essex from 2005 to January 2007. Essex provided advanced signal, image, information processing, information assurance and cybersecurity solutions primarily for U.S. Government intelligence and defense customers, as well as for commercial customers. In 2007, Essex was acquired by Northrop Grumman, where Mr. Moodispaw served from January 2007 to July 2008 as a Vice President responsible for managing Essex as a subsidiary within Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.
Mr. Moodispaw served as Chief Operating Officer of Essex Corporation from 1998 to 2000. Prior to that time , he was President of ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc., a subsidiary of ManTech International Corporation. Prior to his time with ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc., Mr. Moodispaw also served in several positions of the former Essex subsidiary, System Engineering and Development Corporation, including President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel.
From 1965 to 1978, Mr. Moodispaw was a senior manager in the National Security Agency (NSA) and later engaged in the private practice of law. He is the founder of the Security Affairs Support Association (now known as INSA), which brings together government and industry groups to solve problems of mutual interest. He serves on proxy boards for KLAS, Ltd., and Segovia, Inc. He also served as Chairman of the proxy board of VT Group (U.S.), a subsidiary of Babcock, a public U.K. company, through December 2012.
Mr. Moodispaw earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the American University in Washington, D.C., a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Juris Doctor degree in Law from the University of Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. Moodispaw’s history with KEYW and leadership role since its founding has provided him with unique qualifications to serve as the Chairman of our Board of Directors. His service as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Essex, a former public company in our industry, his managerial experience at other companies in our industry, and his work with government agencies such as NSA augment the knowledge and expertise on which he draws in leading KEYW.
Mr. Moodispaw is still growing older, but not up; enjoys Rock 'n' Roll, chocolate and Key West, Florida. He takes pride in accomplishing things.
John E. Krobath, II, has served as the Chief Financial Officer of KEYW since joining in May 2009. Mr. Krobath is responsible for all accounting and finance activities for Government contracting, DCAA cost structures and compliance, treasury management, and budgeting. Prior to joining KEYW, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Horne International from September 2005 to May 2009. Horne International is a publicly traded Government contracting company consisting of four diverse international operating companies and one holding company.
From 1993 to 2004, Mr. Krobath held financial positions of increasing responsibility, including positions as Finance Manager, Controller, Manager of Business Operations, and Director of Financial Operations, at several companies. He supported several defense contractors during that time including ITT Industries and Kratos Defense and Security Solutions.
Mr. Krobath holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Accounting from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration in Finance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He enjoys sports and the outdoors. He believes that preparation is the key to opportunity.
Mark A. Willard has served as the Chief Impact Officer of KEYW since its founding in August 2008. In this position, he has played a key role in developing a strong operations team. He is responsible for ensuring that goals for revenue and profit are met, and he assists the CEO in formulating current and long-range plans, objectives and policies. Mr. Willard provides leadership to senior management regarding organization, business development and financial management, and he ensures clarity of objectives for senior managers and operations personnel. He has over 30 years of multi-disciplined management experience related to systems development, operation and life cycle support.
Mr. Willard has a strong background in building engineering capability from the ground up in companies supporting the Intelligence Community. After eight years of military service, he joined ManTech and served as the Vice President of Columbia, MD, Operations, responsible for building the company from 30 to over 300 personnel providing engineering services to the National Security Agency. He transitioned to Windermere in 1998. As one of Windermere’s first employees, Mr. Willard helped build a well-established engineering development and systems integration company.
Windermere was acquired by Essex Corporation in 2005, and Mr. Willard remained at the company and served as the Vice President of the Engineering & Technology Sector. When Essex Corporation was acquired by Northrop Grumman, Mr. Willard continued to build the Engineering & Technology Sector and was responsible for over 400 personnel providing services to the major Intelligence Community agencies, as well as special military. Mr. Willard served at Northrop Grumman in this capacity until his employment with KEYW in 2008.
Mr. Willard has a Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences and has completed coursework toward a Master of Science in Technology Management at the University of Maryland, University College. He proudly raised three daughters on lessons learned from Seinfeld episodes and is looking forward to someday opening KEYW's first warm climate ocean-front office.
Kimberly J. DeChello has served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary of KEYW since its founding in 2008. Ms. DeChello is responsible for corporate administration, human resources, recruiting, and stock/stock option administration. She also assists with investor relations, mergers, acquisitions, ethics and compliance. Ms. DeChello is responsible for developing company policies that comply with regulations and reflect management philosophy and culture. She participates with the CEO and other executives in formulating current and long-range plans, objectives and policies.
Prior to her position at KEYW, Ms. DeChello was the Chief Administrative Officer at Essex Corporation, which she joined in May, 1987. At Essex she served in various administrative and management capacities through July, 2008. She was elected Vice President in December 2003, appointed Corporate Secretary in January 1998 and Chief Administrative Officer in November 1997.
Ms. DeChello received a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management in 2000 from the University of Maryland. Ms. DeChello also holds an Associate of Arts degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology from the University of Maryland. She enjoys dancing and bird watching. She participates in the Smithsonian's Neighborhood Nest Watch Program where she assists in catching, banding and data collection of birds in her backyard.
Chris Fedde joined KEYW in April 2013 as an Executive Vice President. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Fedde leads KEYW’s products business. His responsibilities include strategic product planning to meet the Company’s growth objectives, and the operations of the products business. Prior to joining KEYW, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in data protection from May 2011 to December 2012. He was named CEO in May 2011, having more than a decade of executive leadership at SafeNet and previously serving as its President and Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure at SafeNet, he has led the rapid and dynamic growth of SafeNet, first as Director of Corporate Product Management and Business Development and then as General Manger of the Enterprise Security Division. Mr. Fedde established the Company's security presence in the U.S. Government, and expanded SafeNet’s presence in the worldwide security community. He led the company from sub- $20 million in revenue in 2001 to more than $450 million by 2010, along the way establishing SafeNet as one of the largest independent security technology companies in the world. Mr. Fedde positioned SafeNet at the forefront of protecting high value information for companies and governments globally.
Prior to joining SafeNet, Mr. Fedde was Director of Secure Products at Harris Corporation, where he established the security business and led its growth. In this role, he was responsible for the direction and management of security businesses requiring very high levels of security, including the U.S. Government. Before joining Harris Corporation, Mr. Fedde previously served as Engineering Manager at Motorola, developing wireless two-way products for the global markets. He holds several patents for wireless technologies.
He served on the Board of SafeNet and was also a member of the Board of Directors for AuthenTec, a publicly traded company sold to Apple in 2012.