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January 17, 2022

QinetiQ US appoints new president and CEO

QinetiQ US has appointed Shawn Purvis as president and CEO effective 17 January 2022.

By Norbert Neumann

QinetiQ US has appointed Shawn Purvis as president and CEO effective 16 February 2022. In her new role, Purvis will be responsible for the complete operations of the business while transforming QinetiQ US.

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Purvis currently leads Northrop Grumman’s Enterprise Service sector, responsible for global cyber security, operations and next-generation digitalisation, including digital design for engineering, production and manufacturing operations.

She said in a company statement: “I am incredibly honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to lead the talented and dedicated people who make up our QinetiQ US business, as we continue to deliver mission-critical sensing and robotic capabilities for the US warfighter.

“With an ambition to build a disruptive mid-tier company in the US through both organic growth and strategy-led acquisitions, I am focused on driving both strong operational performance and executing on our growth strategy for the medium and long-term.”

Her achievements include the functional integration of a multi-billion dollar acquisition.

She has over 25 years of experience in profit and loss (P&L) and has led multiple large organisations in the areas of defence, intelligence and cybersecurity technical solutions to support customers domestically and worldwide. Purvis reportedly achieved organic revenue growth and margin improvement year-over-year.

She worked with Lockheed Martin, Science Applications International Corporation and Northrop Grumman on a wide range of matters, including strategic, financial and engineering operations and customer-focused leadership positions.

The new QinetiQ president was named as one of the top 25 executives to watch in 2020 and 2021 by the Washington Exec and in 2021 received her first WASH100 award, a premier group of private and public sector leaders award.

QinetiQ group CEO Steve Wadey commented on Purvis’ appointment, saying: “With more than 25 years of experience in the US defence and intelligence industry and a track record of transformational leadership, driving P&L performance of complex organisations and large scale acquisition integration, Shawn is the right leader to build our disruptive mid-tier company in the US by supporting and protecting the US warfighter.

Shawn’s proven leadership skills are perfectly aligned to delivering both our short-term operational and financial performance and realising our long-term ambition to more than double the size of our US business over the next five years.”

QinetiQ chairman Neil Johnson said: “On behalf of the QinetiQ Group Board, I am very pleased to welcome Shawn to the Group. Shawn brings extensive executive-level experience both in leading complex P&L organisations in the US and in integrating substantial businesses successfully. She has a proven track record for delivering programme execution, strategy and growth, and will be a significant asset to the leadership team.”

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