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KEYW Names Michele M. Cook Executive Vice President of Business Development

HANOVER, Md., Jan. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The KEYW Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The KEYW Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:KEYW), announced today it has named Michele M. Cook as Executive Vice President of Business Development, with an employment commencement date of January 18, 2016.

With almost 20 years of experience within the Department of Defense and Intelligence C4ISR community, Ms. Cook is a recognized industry leader in strategic business development with directly-attributable industry career sales in excess of $5 billion, including leading sales efforts to generate more than $2 billion in prime contract bookings in less than 30 months while at Six3 Systems. Before joining KEYW, Ms. Cook served as a Principal for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Business Development Center of Excellence. Prior to Booz Allen, Ms. Cook held the position of Vice President of Business Development for Six3 Systems where she successfully penetrated new markets in first-time IDIQ awards across multiple intelligence community agencies. Earlier, Ms. Cook led business development efforts for CACI International’s Intelligence Community sector, receiving the CACI Quantum award for Sales Excellence based on numerous successes in penetrating the company’s highest value, strategic accounts.

“Since joining three months ago, I have become even more convinced KEYW has some of the best technologies and best technologists in our community.  Early on, I made it a key priority to match this technology capability with best in class business development, and Michele Cook is the ideal selection to build and lead a world class business development organization,” commented Bill Weber, President and CEO of KEYW.  “Michele’s track record of success in developing business opportunities across the U.S. Intelligence Community is a perfect match for where we see opportunities for KEYW to grow and expand.”

“What most impresses me about KEYW is the company’s proven, full life-cycle capability across the entire intelligence mission, from front end collection through back-end analysis, which is a unique capability even for industry’s largest providers,” said Michele Cook, EVP of Business Development for KEYW. “I am excited to insert proven business development models, process and tradecraft against those capabilities and take KEYW to the next level of sales excellence; proving again the competitive edge of the mid-tier provider of the caliber of KEYW.”

In connection with Ms. Cook’s appointment, KEYW entered into an employment agreement with Ms. Cook, which provides for grants of inducement equity awards outside of KEYW’s Amended and Restated 2013 Stock Incentive Plan, in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).  The agreement and grants were approved by both the Compensation Committee of KEYW’s Board of Directors as well as the full Board of Directors as inducements material to Ms. Cook entering into employment with KEYW.  The inducement grants, which are issuable upon commencement of Ms. Cook’s employment, include up to an aggregate of 100,000 shares of KEYW’s common stock as a long-term incentive inducement that will be granted during the five-year period following commencement of Ms. Cook’s employment, in the amounts set forth below, provided KEYW’s stock price exceeds the applicable target share prices set forth below for at least 30 consecutive trading days:

Target Price Per Share     Long-Term Incentive Shares
$ 13.00       12,500
$ 16.00       12,500
$ 20.00       25,000
$ 25.00       25,000
$ 30.00       25,000

These long-term incentive shares will be subject to a two-year holding period following the grant date.  The granting and vesting of the inducement shares will be contingent upon Ms. Cook’s continued employment with KEYW, subject to acceleration upon certain events.

About KeyW
KeyW is an innovative national security solutions provider to the Intelligence, Cyber, and Counterterrorism communities. KeyW’s advanced technologies in cyber; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and analytics span the full spectrum of customer missions and enhanced capabilities. The company’s highly skilled workforce solves complex customer challenges such as preventing cyber threats, transforming data to actionable intelligence, and building and deploying sensor packages into any domain. For more information, please visit and follow KeyW on Twitter @KeyWCorp.

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