LMI taps top talent for service delivery, business development and strategic growth
LMI of Tysons, VA announced on December 2 the appointments of six senior leaders to develop business and deliver services to government as the consulting firm implements a new operating model. LMI’s board of directors approved a five-year strategic plan that creates three new internal organizations charged with maintaining and enhancing service delivery excellence, providing services to strategic new markets, and increasing business development resources. The full-service consulting firm will more vigorously pursue new business in international markets, mergers and acquisitions activities, and provide new services to federal government clients across all civil agencies as well as the departments and branches of defense.
“These strategic hires, coupled with a series of promotions, are designed to capitalize on seven consecutive years of growth, while positioning us for the LMI of 2020,” said Nelson Ford, President and CEO of LMI. In fiscal year 2009, LMI’s revenue was $177 million, for fiscal year 2015, it was $244 million, with new funding at an all-time high, and 99.8 percent of customers surveyed responding as satisfied.
Retired Maj. Gen. James Kessler was appointed as LMI’s vice president of Materiel Management. Mr. Kessler will oversee LMI’s acquisition and product support, maintenance and readiness, supply chain management, and math modeling groups. Mr. Kessler joins LMI after a distinguished 33-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps and after serving as assistant deputy commandant, installations and logistics, and a simultaneous post as the first commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Command. Mr. Kessler will be reporting to Jeff Bennett, who leads LMI’s Service Delivery organization as senior vice president.
LMI also appointed Mary Margaret Evans as vice president for business development, responsible for building a long-term plan for expanding LMI’s business base in the Department of Defense. Ms. Evans joins LMI from DoD, where she served as the principal director of the Manufacturing and Industrial Base Office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Prior to her tenure in OSD, she held executive positions at Insitu, Inc., an aerospace company that produces unmanned aerial systems. Before going to Insitu, Ms. Evans held a variety of positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, from introducing state-of-the-art business practices, to accelerating the transition of research and development technologies into U.S. military capabilities. She directed the planning and execution of all DoD conventional arms control treaties and agreements, and participated in negotiations with the Soviet Union as Technical Advisor to the Defense and Space Talks in Geneva. Ms. Evans holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MA from George Washington University in security policy studies.
Sinclair Harris joins LMI as a recently retired rear admiral from the United States Navy, leading business development for LMI’s Navy, defense, and other government agency activities as vice president. His final assignment in a 34 year career was as the vice director for operations to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his distinguished career, he led joint, combined, multinational and interagency organizations both at sea and ashore across all aspects of defense including full spectrum operations, program management, strategic planning and execution. Sinclair earned a BS in economics from James Madison University, an MS in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MS in defense and strategic studies from the University of Madras, India.
Robert Lech has joined LMI as vice president of business development for Technology Services. He will lead LMI’s IT business development strategy, broadening the consulting firm’s portfolio of offerings to protect, align and transform enterprise systems.
Melissa Zoepfl joins LMI as its vice president of business development for health management, where she will bring LMI’s services to agencies managing healthcare portfolios. Ms. Zoepfl brings years of government consulting and management experience, with particular expertise of engineering, business administration, and national security.
David Belak will lead LMI’s efforts in business development for long-range and strategic growth opportunities as vice president of strategic opportunity capture. Mr. Belak joins LMI after a long career in executive management leading federal government business development capture teams. Mr. Belak will be reporting to Catherine Nelson, who leads LMI’s business development as senior vice president.
Additions to the Service Delivery and Business Development organizations will be complemented by a Strategic Growth organization which will focus on long-term opportunities, international business development, and growing the LMI Research Institute. This organization will be led by Bill Moore, LMI’s executive vice president.