DynCorp loses CEO to Battelle, taps COO as replacement

DynCorp loses CEO to Battelle, taps COO as replacement


Battelle, the Columbus, Ohio-based research giant, has picked DynCorp International CEO Lou Von Thaer as its new CEO, and DynCorp quickly tapped George Krivo as his replacement.

Von Thaer, who was hired to turn around McLean-based DynCorp, starts at Battelle Oct. 1; Krivo’s appointment is effective immediately.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead Battelle,” Von Thaer said in a press release. “This company has such a strong reputation for solving the toughest challenges of today and delivering world-class results for clients and I cannot wait to join this fantastic team.”

Krivo has served as DynCorp’s chief operating officer since October. He previously ran contingency operations, operations and maintenance, intelligence and training. He has also run business development and held positions at SAIC and DRS Technologies. Click here to read an internal company announcement from the new CEO.

George Krivo is the right leader to continue DynCorp International’s growth,” said Jim Geisler, chairman of DynCorp board. “George has a demonstrated track record of success with customers, programs, and business development – all critical to DI’s continuing success.”

Von Thaer has been CEO at DynCorp since July 2015. DynCorp is a $2 billion privately held company with 12,000 employees with business in aviation services, intelligence solutions, logistics and contingency operations, and operations and maintenance support.

The CEO job there has been a bit of a hot seat, The New Yorker reports, although Von Thaer has told the Business Journal that the company has “turned the corner” from recent troubles tied to winding down of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Von Thaer began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories before transitioning to General Dynamics following an acquisition. He rose to president of Advanced Information Systems at General Dynamics before leaving to become president of Leidos Inc.’s national security business in 2013.

Doug Buchanan oversees news operations at Columbus Business First.

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