Mark A. Willard is the acting CEO and has served as the Chief Operating 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.
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.
Phil Calamia, joined KEYW in December 2013 as the VP, Finance and Administration for Hexis Cyber Solutions and assumed the role as the Chief Financial Officer of KEYW in March 2014. Mr. Calamia is responsible for all accounting and finance activities for our Government and Commercial businesses, DCAA cost structures and compliance, treasury management, and budgeting. Phil draws on a wide range of experience with growth oriented technology companies having worked with startup / venture backed companies as well as publicly traded companies.
Prior to KEYW, Phil was Chief Financial Officer of AuthenTec, Inc. (NASDAQ:AUTH), which was acquired by Apple. AuthenTec provided security solutions focused on secure networking, content and data protection, access control and strong fingerprint security on mobile devices and PCs. While at AuthenTec, Phil helped drive change to the business operations resulting in topline growth and breakeven EBITDA.
AuthenTec realized significant growth in its market capitalization as a result of the improvements to the business culminating in the sale to Apple, which delivered a substantial premium to the shareholders.
Prior to AuthenTec, Phil was Managing Partner of CFO Navigator, a boutique management-consulting firm assisting management teams and investors in building sustainable enterprise value with a focus on enhancing performance by uncovering previously unidentified opportunities. Previously, Phil led a successful IPO at US Interactive as its Chief Financial Officer and he had financial leadership roles at CDI Corporation, Maxwell Systems and Mediq.
Phil is a Certified Public Accountant (license status inactive) having started his career in public accounting.
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.
Richard C. Schaeffer, Jr. retired from the National Security Agency after more than 30 years of distinguished service. Culminating his career as the Director for Information Assurance he also served in a variety of leadership roles to include the Director of the National Security Operations Center. Mr. Schaeffer served two tour of duty in Viet Nam with the Marines before joining the NSA. He is on the Board of Directors for AFCEA and INSA.