Metron Appoints Robert Judd as Company Chief Operating Officer and Launches DOD Experimental Capabilities Development Business Group

The expansion of the senior team will support growth opportunities in the defense and commercial markets.

RESTON, Go., February 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Metron Inc. (Metron), a leading provider of advanced research, science and software solutions for government and commercial industries, today announced the appointment of Robert “Bob” Judd as chief operating officer (COO). In this role, Judd will work closely with Metron’s management team and Board of Directors to align business processes for continued growth and financial diversification focused on developing innovative capabilities. His distinguished career includes the development of a wide range of systems including aerospace power converters, torpedo defense, sonar, imaging, communications, chemical/biological/explosive detection and radar systems at through the wall. Prior to joining Metron, Judd was the General Manager of Rantec Power Systems, where he oversaw all day-to-day operations and interfaced with prime contractor management on the company’s aerospace, missile defense and anti-UAS platforms. DOD. At Ultra Electronics 3 Phoenix, Judd held various leadership positions cultivating relationships with customers and partners in the Navy, DOD and International Trade industries. Judd’s early career experience includes positions at General Dynamics, Lucent Technologies and AT&T Federal Systems focused on C4ISR and ASW programs. Since joining Metron in 2019 as Director of Business Development and Corporate Relations, Judd has led diversification efforts focused on revenue growth, corporate relationships and go-to-market. Over the past year, Judd was instrumental in the sale of Metron’s ORCA division to Systems Planning and Analysis and in driving Metron out of the government advisory services market.

New appointments to the management of Metron: positioned on the left, Metron COO, Robert

New Metron leadership appointments: Positioned left, Metron COO, Robert “Bob” Judd; center image, Metron-XCD Vice President Patrick Kennedy; positioned on the right is Vice President of Business Development and Growth, Dr. Aaron Wagner.

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“Bob’s appointment as COO is part of our broader strategy to capitalize on emerging opportunities that align with Metron’s core capabilities as a solutions provider,” said Van Gurley, CEO Metron. “Bob’s impressive reputation for executing plans and delivering results makes him the ideal choice to lead operations as we continue to generate growth opportunities.”

With Judd’s transition to COO, the company elevated Dr. Aaron Wagner as Vice President of Corporate Development and Business Growth. Wagner will lead Metron’s U.S. and international business development activities and support customer acquisition strategies in the defense, space and commercial markets. Wagner joined Metron in 2014 and during his tenure led the technical development aspects for a range of Metron contracts, including those for DARPA, NAVAIR, NAVSEA and ONR. Wagner leads Metron’s offshore energy business strategic alliance with Anduril Dive-LD. Over the years, Wagner has played a key role in identifying new opportunities to strengthen the company’s position and produce Metron’s portfolio of autonomous systems technologies and advanced AI/ML applications. From 2020 to 2022, Wagner served as Acting Chief Information Officer for Metron, and he recently completed Wharton Executive Education’s Chief Technology Officer program.

Along with promoting Wagner, Metron also raised patrick kennedy to the vice-president of Metron-XCD. Metron-XCD is a new experimental capability development business unit serving customers in the community defence, space and intelligence sectors. Metron-XCD will leverage Metron’s multi-domain expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, remote sensing systems and autonomy to accelerate the development of new innovations that advance the mission objectives of military and intelligence agencies. Through rapid software prototyping and testing, proven technology solutions can now be quickly integrated into operational capabilities in the field. Kennedy joined Metron in 2009 as a Principal Analyst, bringing more than 20 years of management and leadership experience in the civilian, defense and intelligence sectors along with his service as a serving naval officer. asset. Recently, Kennedy led a small but highly visible R&D project team of engineers and operators who quickly prototyped and demonstrated new concepts that increase the speed at which operational assets can leverage data streams nationwide. . This work, originally sponsored by the Department of Defense’s Office of Special Abilities, has now evolved into a Navy registration program. The success of this program and Kennedy’s track record in the DOD value chain was a significant factor in Metron’s creation of Metron-XCD under his leadership. In his new role, Kennedy will lead Metron-XCD’s operations and growth strategy to advance the portfolio and ensure concept-to-ready innovations reach government customers.

“With these appointments, Metron strengthens our leadership team to better meet the needs of our customers and deliver true speed of execution. Our goal is to be the obvious choice for technological innovations for defence, intelligence and commercial applications,” added Van Gurley, CEO of Metron. “Our team consistently delivers innovative solutions that make a difference to fighters’ toughest problems. The elevation of Pat and Aaron in their new roles reflects the strength and impact of their work over the years here at Metron. “

Metron recently made headlines with the award of a contract to the US Navy for research and development of algorithms and simulations.

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Metron is a trusted, award-winning provider of advanced research, science and software solutions for government and commercial markets. We apply advanced analytics, decision support tools, machine learning, artificial intelligence, rapid software prototyping and experimentation, and Resilient Mission Autonomy™ to develop innovative solutions to the most complex problems of our customers. Incorporated in 1984 and based in Reston, VirginiaMetron is an employee-owned company with locations in Portland (Oregon), denver, San DiegoAnd Honolulu. With expertise spanning advanced math, computer science, physics and engineering, Metron’s bespoke solutions solve challenging technical problems through rigorous first-principles innovation.

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