George Melton joined Wyle as CEO and president in January 2005. Prior to joining the company, he served as president of URS's EG&G Division, a premier technical services company with approximately $1 billion in revenue. He joined EG&G in 2000 as CEO and led the company through a period of unprecedented growth in sales and profits and, in 2002, successfully merged the company with URS Corporation. Prior to joining EG&G, he was president of several aerospace component and sub-system manufacturers that were ultimately acquired by BAE Systems. Ranging in size from $300 million to $1 billion of revenue, his responsibilities included President of Tracor Aerospace, Marconi Aerospace and ultimately BAE Systems Aerospace Sector. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and served in the U.S. Army.
Roger Wiederkehr, executive vice president and chief operating officer, oversees the operations of Wyle's three business units as well as the execution of the company strategy. Since joining Wyle in 2005, he has held senior executive positions leading the company's mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic planing activities and directing the company's contracts and procurement, legal, security and environmental, health and safety functions. From 2008 to 2011, he also had primary responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Wyle's Test, Engineering and Research Division. He joined the Company from URS Corporation where he was a member of URS's Corporate Strategy Group. Before joining URS, he was a management consultant and project manager with McKinsey & Company. He received his M.B.A. from Yale University and holds a law degree from the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
Brent Bennitt, who joined Wyle in January 2005, was named executive vice president on Jan. 1, 2011. He previously served as group president of the Aerospace Group which was formed in 2005 as a result of the acquisition of General Dynamic's Aeronautics business, formerly a sector within the Veridian Corporation. He joined Veridian as vice president of the Lexington Park, Maryland-based Naval Aviation Programs Group in 1998, and was named president of Veridian Engineering's newly formed Aeronautics Sector in 2000. Prior to joining Veridian, Bennitt served as a U.S. Navy vice admiral and had served as the commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from January 1996 until his retirement in 1998. He commanded the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz from 1987 to 1989. Bennitt graduated from the Naval Academy in 1964 and has flown more than 4,000 hours in more than 50 different aircraft types and models.
Pete Green, who has spent the last 25 years with Wyle and its heritage companies as a systems engineer, was named president of the company's Aerospace Group on Jan. 1 2011. Previously he served as program manager, chief pilot, and, from 2005 through 2010, as the Aerospace Group's vice president for business development and strategic planning. Most notably, he played a key role in expanding Wyle's presence in the DoD services market. He is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and served as a P-3 pilot and test pilot. He left active duty and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1985, retiring in 2001. Green completed his graduate studies at the University of Southern California and the executive management program of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Dr. George Prueitt serves as president of Wyle's CAS Group headquartered in Huntsville, Ala. He was named to the position on Sept. 8, 2010 following Wyle's purchase of the CAS, Inc. unit from ITT Corporation. He joined CAS in 1997 and was named general manager in July 2007, following several years as director of studies and analysis. His technical work includes multiple analyses of aviation systems. He continues to serve as a senior advisor to the Army's Program Executive Officer, Aviation, and the highest levels of the Headquarters, Department of the Army staff. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1997, after 20 years of service, and joined CAS. While serving with the Army, Dr. Prueitt held various positions, primarily in the operations research community. He holds a doctorate in industrial engineering from Auburn University, a masters of science in operations research from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky.
Dana Dorsey, senior vice president, serves as chief financial officer and oversees Wyle's finance and information technology operations. He has spent the last 20 years in the aerospace industry, most recently as a senior executive and program director for BAE Systems, Platform Solutions. Previously, he served as director of Mergers and Acquisitions for BAE Systems, PLC, based in London, U.K., and as vice president, chief financial officer for the Information Systems Sector of BAE Systems, North America. Prior to that, he served as director of Accounting for GDE Systems and manager of Corporate Internal Audit for General Dynamics Corp. A CPA, Dorsey received his initial training at Price Waterhouse. He is a graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona where he received a BS in Accounting and he holds an MBA from Claremont Graduate School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1975 to 1979.
Jim Neu, senior vice president, business development, is responsible for coordination of the company's marketing, sales and business development activities; external and marketing communications; and oversight of government affairs. From 2005 through May 2008, Neu served as group president of Wyle's Test, Engineering and Research Group. Prior to joining Wyle, Neu served as executive vice president and general manager of DRS Sensors and Targeting Systems. He earlier worked at Raytheon and served as senior director and general manager of Airborne Electro-Optical Products, director of business development for Air Combat and Strike Systems, and deputy director of F-15 radar programs. From 1968 through 1994, Neu served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot and instructor in the F-4 and F-15. Neu holds a degree in engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds masters degrees in business administration from Boston University and in industrial engineering from Stanford.
Patti Robinson, senior vice president, is responsible for Wyle's overall human resources, health and safety, and ethics programs. She joined the company in 2005. She came to Wyle with more than 20 years of human resources experience, most recently with EMI Music, where she was senior vice president Human Resources for the North American company. Prior to that, she headed up the human resources department at Universal Pictures and E! Entertainment Television. She has BS degree in Education and Political Science from the State University of New York, Oneonta.
Greg Burner, vice president, is responsible for Wyle's information technology systems and operations. He joined Wyle in 2005. Before joining Wyle, he worked as a senior manager in BearingPoint's Federal Services Aerospace and Defense Segment, and as consulting practice leader, Aerospace and Defense, for the western U.S. Prior to joining BearingPoint, Burner spent 15 years working for companies such as Hughes Aircraft Company, Space and Communications, Northrop Grumman Space (TRW), Loral (Ford Aerospace) and AT&T. He holds a B.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University and an MBA degree from Pepperdine University.
Doug Van Kirk, vice president, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Wyle's accounting and finance activities, including financial reporting, cash management, treasury and insurance matters. Prior to joining Wyle in 1996, he was with Deloitte & Touche LLP where he served a variety of companies in the aerospace and high technology industries. Van Kirk is a certified public accountant and has a BS degree from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo.
Andy Zirkelbach joined Wyle in March 2013 as vice president of contracts. He supports the company in the areas of contracts, subcontracts and other business agreements, as well as in related compliance matters, and manages outside legal services. Zirkelbach is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in government contracting and the aerospace/defense industry, specifically in the areas of engineering and technical services. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University and obtained a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic & State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. Prior to practicing law, Zirkelbach worked as an aerospace structural engineer for Northrop Aircraft Division and Hughes Space & Communications.
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