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Leadership Team

The IAI Leadership Team is the senior-most leadership, management and decision-making group of our company.

David J. Dzaran

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dave Dzaran is IAI’s President and Chief Executive Officer. As President and CEO, Dave is responsible for providing overall strategic and day-to-day leadership by working with IAI’s Board of Directors and other members of IAI’s leadership team to establish and implement IAI business goals and strategies as well as to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate IAI’s fiscal and operational performance. Dave is a seasoned industry veteran with more than 20 years of program management and system acquisition leadership experience, primarily focused on Space ISR systems and related technologies. His experience includes the development, integration and test of complex satellite and ground processing systems, advanced system concept studies as well as a variety of data exploitation and user interfaces for space ISR systems. Dave has a BS in Aerospace Engineering and Spacecraft Design from the Polytechnic Institute of New York and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton. He is also a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College. Dave and his wife Tina live in Manassas, Virginia.

William S. Jugus

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Bill Jugus serves as IAI’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Bill leads IAI’s overall day-to-day corporate operations ensuring that strategic and business plans are implemented effectively. Corporate Security, Information Technology, Operations and Human Resources report to Bill. Bill is a senior Human Resources leader with experience in linking the Human Resources function to strategic business goals. Prior to joining IAI in 2003, Bill had more than 26 years of experience managing a broad spectrum of Human Resources and administrative functions for a large international airline as well as for a global non-profit conservation organization. Bill is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. He received his MA in History from the State University of New York Stony Brook and a BA in Government and History from the University of Virginia. Bill and his wife Kathy reside in Centreville, Virginia.

Michael L. Rhodes

Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer

Mike Rhodes is IAI’s Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer.  In this capacity, Mike leads IAI’s efforts to identify new growth opportunities, identify like-minded organizations with similar cultures and values as IAI for future teaming and/or acquisition, joint ventures, and other initiatives in the federal and commercial sectors. Mike also provides SETA support to various compartmentalized Government ISR programs. Mike is an expert in program management, space systems acquisition and spacecraft engineering. He has over 36 years of high technology program management/acquisition experience with 28 years driving the state-of-the-art in space and airborne ISR systems. During his 13 years of NRO government service and 15 years of SETA service to the NRO, he directed or provided leadership support across IMINT’s legacy, EIS, Future Imagery Architecture (FIA), and next-generation spacecraft programs. Mike received his B.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the USAF Academy and his M.B.A. in Finance from Wright State University, OH.  Mike and his wife Sarah reside in Centreville, Virginia.

Johanna Q. Mauro

Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer

Johanna Mauro is IAI’s Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. In this role, she is responsible for providing IAI’s Board of Directors and senior leadership with a means to prevent, detect, and deter violations of corporate policies and Federal laws and regulations. She provides policies and procedures, training, and guidance related to export (ITAR/EAR) compliance, ethical compliance, and organizational and personal conflict of interest (OCI/PCI) compliance. She is also responsible for conducting internal audits to maintain compliance with ISO 9001 quality standards. Johanna has over 26 years of experience as an acquisition professional and financial manager serving in the US Air Force and supporting the Intelligence Community. Her experience includes development and test of USAF launch vehicle subsystems as well as project management, contract policy, budget analysis and financial management across multiple intelligence disciplines. Johanna has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from George Mason University. She is a Certified Defense Financial Manager and Certified Export Compliance Professional. Johanna and her husband Jeff live in Herndon, Virginia.

Lee A. Smith

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Lee Smith is IAI’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. As SVP and CFO he is responsible for corporate accounting and reporting, state and local taxes, contract management, program control, and financial compliance with Cost Accounting Standards and the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

Mr. Smith brings over 30 years of extensive experience in finance, accounting, audit, and government contracting. Prior to joining IAI he was Senior Manager for Government Compliance at BearingPoint, and also held positions as Controller, Chief Financial Officer, or financial manager for divisions of United Defense and TRW, including seven years as an expatriate in the Middle East working on Foreign Military Sales cases. He started his career with 5 years on the audit staff of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Lee and his wife Suzanne live in Leesburg, Virginia.

Katherine Chambers

Vice President Emerging Technologies

Katherine Chambers.is IAI’s Vice President for Emerging Technologies. Katherine brings 30 years of experience advancing capabilities in systems, payloads and technology for space C4ISR for intelligence, defense and civil applications. Her experience spans the system development life cycle from R&D, architecture, concept development and analysis through design, delivery and deployment. Prior to joining IAI, Katherine led Engineering and Science for Booz Allen Hamilton, serving NRO, NASA, NGA and other intelligence organizations. In a previous role at Booz Allen, Katherine was responsible for execution and capture of work for NRO and NGA, in system engineering, communications, launch, and GEOINT R&D. Prior to Booz Allen, Katherine was the Director of Strategy & Business Development for Raytheon’s Space Systems business of space payloads and advanced technology.  Katherine’s aerospace career also includes technical delivery and business unit leadership at ITT Industries (Harris), three years as a civil servant for NASA’s Office of Space Communications and NASA’s first liaison to the Department of State. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Maryland. Katherine and her husband John reside in western Loudoun County in Purcellville, Virginia.

Wes Freiwald

Vice President Pacific Defense Solutions

Wes Freiwald is Vice President for IAI’s Pacific Defense Solutions business area. Wes has more than 25 years of direct experience in all aspects of research, development, integration, test, and production of complex software computing and electric-optical systems. He has received numerous professional awards to include the Air Force Research Laboratories Directed Energy Directorate Individual Contractor of the Year for complex and transitional accomplishments of critical technologies to the warfighter. Wes is a recognized senior engineer, program manager and entrepreneur with a well-established community reputation for excellence. Prior to joining forces with IAI in November of 2013, Wes was a founder and President of Pacific Defense Solutions, LLC, a successful small business located in Kihei, Hawaii, specializing in space surveillance and scientific technical services. Wes holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Science with an emphasis on telecommunications and engineering technology from the University of Denver. Wes’s undergraduate degree is in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Wes and his wife Mariko live in Kihei, Hawaii on the island of Maui.

James Passaro

Vice President DOD & Civil Programs

James “JP” Passaro is Vice President for DoD and Civil Programs. JP has over 25 years of experience spanning all phases of the system acquisition lifecycle, with a wealth of expertise in the areas of technical program management, user requirements development (JCIDS), acquisition planning, and weapon system cost estimating. Prior to joining IAI in 2006, JP held several key positions as an active duty officer in the USAF. His career in the Air Force included acquisition assignments at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Headquarters Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), and included cooperative/joint efforts with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and other agencies. Since joining IAI in 2006, JP has served as the Director of Defense Space Programs and as a Senior Systems Engineer delivering systems engineering support to a variety of customers in the NRO and the DoD. JP holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma City University, a Master of Science in Cost Analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and has completed graduate course work in the areas of space physics, data warehousing, and business analytics. JP and his wife Sonny reside in Marina Del Rey, CA.


Douglas Postman

Vice President NRO Programs

Doug Postman is IAI’s Vice President for NRO Programs. Doug has been with IAI since 2004 having supported the NRO as a systems engineer with Boeing, AT&T, and GRCI for 30 years. While at IAI, Doug has supported programs in IMINT, AS&T and SED providing acquisition engineering and enterprise architecting. The majority of his career has been focused on special access programs involving smaller teams of engineers and streamlined acquisition approaches. Doug completed a BS in letters and engineering from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from University of Michigan. Doug and his wife Len live in Manassas, Virginia.

Michael J. Rigo

Vice President National Programs

Mike Rigo is Vice President for National Programs. Over the past twenty years he has led efforts across the National Reconnaissance Office, Defense Intelligence Agency, Navy, Air Force, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and other United States Government customers. Mike joined IAI in 2003, bringing a wealth of technical and management experience in the Defense Industry. Since joining IAI, he has served as Director of DoD Programs, Director Special Programs, and Senior Principal Systems Engineer providing direct customer systems engineering support. Mike has broad leadership and technical experience in remote sensing, information technology, intelligence, and naval systems. Prior to IAI, Mike worked in multiple engineering and program management positions with personnel and contracts across the DoD and Intelligence Community. Mike has held active and reserve positions with the US Navy and is currently an Engineering Duty Officer in the Navy Reserve and a certified DoD Acquisition Professional and Level III Systems Engineer. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, Master degrees in Applied Physics and Astronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and graduate coursework in Computational Science from George Mason University. Mike and his wife Kathy reside in Herndon, Virginia.

Robert D. Thomas

Vice President National Programs

Rob Thomas, as Vice President of Analytical Services, is responsible for a team of highly-specialized team of scientists, engineers and senior acquisition professionals working next-generation image and geospatial related technologies and systems engineering and integration services for a myriad of national agencies. He has over twenty three years of defense support experience in program management and advanced research and technology development in the core area of imagery, geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT), and target intelligence with a focus on imagery quality and photogrammetric-based geospatial analysis and services. Prior to joining IAI in November 2001, Rob served in a variety of program management and systems engineering positions within the Department of Defense as well as supporting National Agencies. These include the National Reconnaissance Office, (NRO), Headquarters United States European Command (HQ USEUCOM), Central Imagery Office (CIO), Headquarters United States Strategic Command (HQ USTRATCOM), and the Headquarters Strategic Air Command (SAC) as an Air Force Officer. Rob graduated in 1986 with an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Colorado and followed with a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Creighton University in 1995. Rob and his wife Kim reside in Leesburg, VA.

Eric Baker

Assistant Vice President Special Projects

Eric Baker is IAI’s Assistant Vice President Special Projects. Eric has more than twenty-one years of experience in the development of advanced systems for military and intelligence applications with ten years of experience in large government acquisition programs in senior engineering and management roles. Eric holds more than ten years’ experience in the design, development, mission test and integration of ground system architectures including support transition to operation of large scale surveillance and reconnaissance payloads and systems. His software development, verification and testing expertise encompasses the complete lifecycle; from requirements analysis to delivery of documented and tested applications. Eric received a MS in Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and has pursued graduate studies in Applied Mathematics from the George Washington University. Eric’s undergraduate degree is in Electrical Engineering from Brown University. Eric resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Peter Kimes

Assistant Vice President Business Development

Pete Kimes is IAI’s Assistant Vice President for Business Development and joined IAI in March, 2008. Pete gained hands-on knowledge of intelligence operations, analysis, and development through a variety of Air Force assignments over a twenty-year military career: Korean Linguist stationed with ground and airborne units overseas, Technical ELINT Analysis Engineer for the airborne COMBAT SENT program, Space System Threat Assessment Engineer for SMC, and Program Manager for the acquisition of space-based ISR systems with SAF/SP and the NRO. Pete’s time in the private sector has resulted in a thorough understanding of airborne and space-based intelligence through diverse systems engineering, program management, and business development assignments. For the past several years, Pete has worked on tactical unmanned aerial systems (UASs) supporting JIEDDO, CENTCOM, and other Government organizations. Pete has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, a BA in Business and Management from the University of Maryland, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Pete and his wife Sun Min live in Ashburn, Virginia.

Audie Hittle

Chief Cybersecurity Innovation Officer

Audie Hittle is IAI’s Chief Cybersecurity Innovation Officer (CCIO). As CCIO, Audie partners with company leadership to identify, expand and enhance IAI’s cyber security offerings for commercial and government customers. He leads cyber workforce development efforts, supports the accelerated application of new cyber tools, techniques, services and innovative solutions to advance customer capabilities, and promotes IAI cybersecurity business growth. His leadership spans more than 15 years of corporate experience plus a 22-year USAF C4ISR career, nationally recognized government-industry collaboration across federal civilian, defense and intelligence agencies, and technical staff experience at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Audie is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and his technical education includes a Joint Master’s degree in the Management of Technology, SM MOT from the MIT School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, MS Engineering Management from Western New England University, and a BSEE from the University of New Mexico. Audie and his wife Karina currently reside in Tyngsboro, MA.

Victor C. See

IAI Senior Advisor

Retired Rear Admiral Vic See is an IAI Senior Advisor. Admiral See has 29 years of leadership experience in the Navy as a helicopter pilot and member of the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) community. Prior to joining IAI in early 2009, Admiral See was the leader of the Naval Space Acquisition community and was assigned as the Director, Communications Systems Acquisition and Operations Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office. He was also the Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command’s (SPAWAR) Space Field Activity (SSFA) and the Program Executive Officer for Space Systems for the US Navy (PEO SS). Admiral See holds an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a BS in Physics/Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy. Admiral See and his wife Monica Speach reside in Hereford, PA.