Growth, operational leadership hires mark a busy week in the CEO movement

Atlas Space Operations

Amid securing new investment, the space communications technology integrator further built out its leadership team with a new chief growth officer.

TI Weintraub will lead Atlas Space Operations’ strategic growth initiatives, which include business development efforts and potential M&A opportunities.

Weintraub was most recently director of business development at BlueHalo. His career also includes stops at Raytheon and Riverside Research.

In late August, Atlas closed a $26 million Series B funding round to support its further development of cloud-based solutions for government and commercial space network operators.

HDT Global

New Chief Revenue Officer James Casella brings nearly 25 years of experience in corporate growth and business development from larger government contractors to mid-sized military equipment suppliers.

Casella joins Greater Cleveland-based HDT Global to help lead this phase of the company’s growth strategy, including both product line and engineering service offerings.

Most recently, he spent eight years as Chief Growth Officer of the former DynCorp International, which was acquired by Amentum in late 2020.

The retired Army aviation officer also held leadership roles at Leonardo DRS and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Lumen Technologies

One of the three largest federal telecommunications carriers has brought in a nearly 10-year FBI veteran as its deputy chief security officer and vice president.

Natnael Habtesion will oversee Lumen’s efforts related to industrial security, compliance, auditing and security risk assurance. His focus on public sector businesses includes developing a more unified approach to protecting network infrastructure.

Habtesion spent nearly 10 years at the FBI, culminating as assistant division chief in charge of strategy and large-scale endeavours.

After leaving the FBI, he worked at Discover Financial Services for eight years in cybersecurity leadership positions.

Metaphase Consulting

To help lead this phase of its growth strategy, the IT and business process management services provider brought on former General Services Administration employee Beth Angerman as COO.

Angerman was most recently managing director of the federal practice at Slalom Consulting, a global integrator of technology solutions.

She joined Slalom in 2020 after two years as principal deputy associate administrator in GSA’s Office of Government Policy, an organization responsible for creating and influencing administrative and shared services across the government.

Her career also includes senior executive roles at the Ministry of Finance.

PM Consulting Group

International development and health programs are priority market areas for the Towson, Maryland-based company, backed by government investment firm Enlightenment Capital.

PMCG has found its leader for the second area mentioned above with the hiring of two-decade federal market veteran Spencer Hedden as SVP of Advanced Healthcare Solutions.

Headon’s career prior to PMCG included senior leadership roles at Venesco, TMR, Professional Services LLC and 2020LLC.

PMCG, based in Towson, Md., has been busy making executive appointments since Enlightenment made its investment in the company, including hiring Tony Guthrie to lead international business development.


A cybersecurity company focused on critical infrastructure, the firm is looking to expand its presence among federal agencies, which includes partnerships with system integrators.

Nearly two-decade market veteran Matthew Heidemann has joined the Silicon Valley-based company to lead these efforts as vice president of the federal board.

Heidemann was most recently director of strategic partnerships and public sector market growth at cloud application developer D2IQ.

Xage also hired a second former D2IQ executive in Darron Makrokanis, who takes on the new role of chief revenue officer. His career also includes leadership roles at Druva, Tenable, Splunk and Booz Allen Hamilton.

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