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KeyW Leadership Team

Bill Weber President and Chief Executive Officer

Bill sets and drives the strategy and growth for the corporation. With more than 25 years of technology and leadership experience across the public and private sectors, he is recognized for building and maturing technology and solutions-based organizations while balancing evolving customer needs.

Bill joined KeyW from XLA, a technology firm, which supports the federal government in areas of national security and diplomacy, where he served as president and chief operating officer. Prior to XLA, he served as president of Kaseman, a professional services firm supporting the U.S. government in nation building and foreign policy assistance. Before that, he was senior vice president at GTSI Corporation, a technology provider to the U.S. government. At GTSI Corporation, Bill launched and developed a professional services business, which accounted for one quarter of the company’s revenue and one third of its profit. He has also held senior executive positions, each focused on generating new solutions and growth, with McData, CNT Corporation, Inrange Technologies, International Network Services and AT&T.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington University and is a graduate of The Executive Program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is a former U.S. Army Officer and Airborne Ranger.

Michael Alber Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 

Mike is responsible for the direction and success of all KeyW financial, accounting, planning and treasury functions. He brings over 35 years of progressive business and financial management experience with technology-based companies that offer both products and services to the federal government and commercial marketplace.

Before coming to KeyW, Mike was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer to Engility Corporation where he was responsible for the successful spinout of the government services portfolio from L3 Corporation, pre-IPO financing efforts and the creation of a corporate financial structure.

Before Engility, Mike held senior executive positions with Alion Science and Technology, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Network Solutions Inc., Geo Trans Inc. and System Development Corporation (SDC).

Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and recently completed an Advance Management Program (AMP) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

John Sutton Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

John helps ensure that KeyW’s revenue and profit goals are met, supports the CEO in formulating current and long-range plans, objectives and policies and provides direction for the organization, business development and financial management.

He joined KeyW from Vencore, where he led the strategy, growth and operations of the $350 million business delivering systems integration and software solutions to the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Homeland and Civilian accounts.

John’s extensive experience in systems integration, software development, telecommunications and cyber security to federal and commercial clients has delivered and grown hundreds of contracts totaling $3.7 billion in profitable revenue. Previously, John held leadership positions with Global Crossing, ManTech and AT&T and began his career as a Merchant Marine Officer.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Marion Ticknor Ruzecki Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

Marion oversees human resources, recruiting and corporate communications. Marion joined KeyW from Novetta, a leading advanced analytics company, where she ensured Novetta provided “hire-to-retire” opportunities for employees and oversaw all aspects of the employment experience—from recruiting to benefits, career development and company culture.

Earlier in her career, Marion was a consultant for businesses specializing in staffing in the federal and commercial sectors. She streamlined human resources processes, implemented effective recruiting strategies and promoted company culture. Previously, she was director of Recruitment at ManTech International, where she replaced a traditional recruiting model with an integrated team talent acquisition and management approach, and developed her employee care model with a focus on retention.

Marion earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Phil Luci Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Phil is responsible for KeyW’s legal, compliance and contracts functions. Prior to joining KeyW, Phil held a number of positions within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), including serving as chief acquisition officer & procurement executive, counsel to the chief financial officer, deputy counsel for the Intelligence Community management staff and deputy chief of the Logistics and Procurement Law Division.

Prior to that, Phil served as an attorney at the National Security Agency with a primary focus on government contracting law. After 27 years of active and reserve duty service, Phil retired from the U.S. Army Reserve at the rank of Colonel in The Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served in a number of senior Army positions, most notably as Staff Judge Advocate for the 99th Regional Readiness Command and Commander of the 10th Legal Support Organization.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University and a Master of Laws in Government Procurement Law from The George Washington University.

Kirk Herdman Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development

Kirk leads KeyW’s Corporate Strategy and Business Development. He has more than 28 years of experience in operational and business development leadership positions creating, leading and growing organizations in the national security sector of the federal government contracting market.

Before joining KeyW, Kirk was executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. He joined Sotera as the senior vice president for business development and operations to create a centralized business development organization and to integrate legacy components of an emerging, mission-focused, national security company.

Earlier in his career, Kirk held leadership positions with Wyle Information Systems, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and Mantech, International.

Kirk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School Executive Training Program on Leadership Change.

Dave Wallen Senior Vice President of Advanced Cyber

Dave leads KeyW’s Advanced Cyber Operations Sector (ACOS), capturing and delivering cybersecurity and related growth and business to Defense and Intelligence agencies. Dave joined KeyW from ManTech, where he was senior vice president of the Cyber Operations and Exploitation Solutions Division, building and growing the business to more than $175 million in revenue annually. Before ManTech, Dave held leadership positions at BAE Systems and Price Waterhouse, serving the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and Federal Civilian markets. He also serves as an advisor to senior government leadership on cyber domain policy, considerations, challenges and recommendations.

He has a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University, a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University and is a certified Project Management Professional. Dave also holds leadership development achievements from Wharton and Oxford Saïd business schools and is a former U.S. Marine Corps officer.

Kevin Gunde Sector Vice President, Survey and Exploration Systems

Kevin leads KeyW’s Survey and Exploration Systems sector. In this role, Kevin is responsible for leading the KeyW team that supports unique intelligence and military special mission units in advancing the counterterrorism mission. Prior to this role, Kevin served on the leadership team at Windermere, which was first acquired by Essex Corporation, then by Northrop Grumman, and ultimately KeyW.

Prior to joining Windermere in 2002, Kevin led special technical projects for the U.S. Department of Defense. A U.S. Army veteran, Kevin holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Physics from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Jack Hess Sector Vice President, National Intelligence

Jack leads KeyW’s National Intelligence Division. Previously, he was senior vice president for Sotera Defense Solution’s Intelligence Operations & Technology Division, managing analysis and operations work for Intelligence Community clients.

Earlier in his career, Jack held various senior positions with the FBI and was a special agent for 21 years. He has extensive investigative, tactical and management training and received numerous investigative and management awards. Before working with the FBI, Jack spent six years in public accounting with M. Sternlieb & Co. CPAs.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Rutgers University, certificates in Strategic Planning and Change Management from the Kellogg School of Management and a certificate in Homeland Security Management from Long Island University.

Janet Schoenfeld Sector Vice President, Defense Mission Sector 

Janet leads KeyW’s Defense Mission Sector, providing critical support to various Department of Defense and Intelligence Community agencies performing IT, analytical, and mission-oriented activities. Throughout her more than 30-year career, Janet has partnered with numerous government customers on their technology priorities while introducing innovation and efficiencies-and earning high customer satisfaction ratings.

Earlier in her career, Janet held technical positions with Eastman Kodak, IBM and Computer Education Services. She received her Master of Arts in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Bachelor of Business Administration in Quantitative Methods from Ohio University. She also holds the Program Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.