Charles Peiffer named PAE interim president and CEO
Falls Church, VA-based PAE Incorporated announced on March 16 that Charles Peiffer, executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been appointed by the board of directors to serve in the additional role of interim president and chief executive officer, effective March 19, 2021. Peiffer’s appointment follows John Heller’s decision to resign from his position of president and chief executive officer for personal reasons.
The company noted that the board will initiate a formal search process to identify a permanent CEO. The Board will engage an executive search firm and will consider both internal and external candidates.
“Charlie has been a valuable member of the PAE team since he joined in 2014, and we are fortunate to have a leader of his caliber and experience to step into the President and CEO role on an interim basis while the board conducts its search process,” said Marshall Heinberg, chairman of the board of directors. “Charlie has a deep understanding of our business, operations and strategy, and a true appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our employees. We are confident Charlie is the ideal person to support the company through this interim period, and we appreciate his willingness to take on this expanded role.”
“I look forward to working alongside the board and leading our talented and experienced management team,” said Peiffer. “PAE has strong momentum entering 2021 with recent flagship contract wins and continued progress integrating the acquisitions we announced in Fall 2020. We will continue to execute our strategy as we expand the business with a focus on high-margin contracts and enhance our capabilities, customer presence and contract vehicles. We are confident that PAE will continue on its path of growth and success.”
Heinberg said, “On behalf of everyone at PAE, I want to thank John for his contributions and for helping to guide PAE to this point. During his tenure, PAE has grown into a leader in delivering mission-critical services to the U.S. Government and international partners, with a global workforce of nearly 20,000 employees dedicated to providing the essential services our clients need to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges. John’s efforts culminated in PAE becoming a publicly traded company last year, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Heller said, “I am proud of all that we have accomplished together at PAE. I have profound respect for the team and every confidence that the company will continue to grow and deliver great service in the future.”