MCLEAN, Va. , May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced today that Lou Von Thaer has been appointed to president of the company's National Security Sector (NSS), effective June 6. The NSS, along with SAIC's current health and engineering businesses, will be part of the solutions company Leidos following the company's planned separation, announced Aug. 30, 2012.
In his new role, Von Thaer will lead nearly 13,000 analysts, scientists, engineers, and business professionals providing support for customers across the full spectrum of national security programs including cybersecurity.
"Lou's appointment will have an immediate impact on the NSS of today and also on future Leidos," said COO Stu Shea. "His breadth of experience in programs of vital importance to our nation will enable us to move the sector forward, further refining our strategic focus and maintaining strong relationships with customers."
"I am honored to be selected for this position, and look forward to working with the talented and dedicated men and women of current SAIC and future Leidos," said Von Thaer. "The promise of Leidos is an exciting prospect and the changes that the company is undergoing now will set it on a strong path toward success – I look forward to being a part of this new kind of company, and helping take our support of our customers to the next level."
Since 2005, Von Thaer was president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. In this role, he supported key national security programs and led more than 7,000 professionals, providing end-to-end mission systems integration, development and operations support to customers in the defense, intelligence and homeland communities, with a focus on cyber, maritime and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions. Prior to this role, Von Thaer served in a variety of senior management positions for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, and the Advanced Technology Systems division of Lucent Technologies and its predecessor, AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a member of the Defense Science Board and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Board of Advisors, and also serves on the Virginia For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Advisory Board, a nonprofit organization that designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue careers in science and technology. Von Thaer holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University. "The strength of SAIC today and the promise of future Leidos comes from the talent, expertise and perspectives of our employees – and that starts at the top," said CEO and Chairman John Jumper. "I'm incredibly excited for Lou to join our company and add his talents to our leadership team. This will only better position Leidos for future success."
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