ARLINGTON, Va. — Leonie Industries, a U.S. government services provider specializing in communications and cultural advisory work, today announced the appointment of Charles “Chuck” Thomas as president and chief executive officer, effective April 8, Ed Negrelli, who has been serving as Leonie’s interim president, will return to his role of executive vice president and member of the board.
Thomas joins Leonie following more than 40 years of service to the U.S. government, in both military and private sector positions. A 31-year U.S. Army veteran, Thomas retired as Major General in 2000. He has since held several positions in the defense space, including as a vice president at Mevatec, which was acquired by BAE Systems in 2003. He then served as a vice president with BAE Systems, first in its Analytical Solutions division, later in its Analytical & Ordnance Solutions division and finally in the Engineering Solutions business division. Most recently, Thomas was the chief operating officer at ACADEMI, a privately-held training and security solutions provider serving government and commercial customers worldwide.
“After a thorough search, the board of directors is pleased to welcome Chuck Thomas to Leonie’s leadership team,” said Board Member Scott Black. “Chuck brings an exceptional combination of experience in leadership and organization building. He is ideally suited to lead our continued diversification into other government markets, as well as to oversee our continued work in communications and cultural advisory.”
Commenting about his new role, Thomas said, “I’m honored to join Leonie’s team of dedicated professionals who have established a strong track record of service to the U.S. government. These team members often go into harm’s way to tackle tough assignments in dynamic environments. I look forward to leveraging Leonie’s consistent record of excellent performance, and expanding the company’s reach into new markets.”