The Ambit Group (Ambit) today announced the appointment of Thomas R. Ragland as Corporate Development Officer. In his new role, Ragland will work to advance Ambit’s position as one of DHS’ most trusted and valuable small business partners. He will work closely with DHS and interagency entities to provide rapid strategic assessments and cost efficient mission support operations.
Ragland will also synergize business development within Ambit’s leadership team, including working with industry partners to develop joint solutions, optimize mission support services and leverage agile delivery teams. He will play a key role in the execution of Ambit’s corporate strategy to deliver agile solutions and superior customer service, reducing government operating costs while increasing value.
“As one of the most respected and innovative Homeland Security executives, Tom redefined industry’s role in supporting the maturation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since its creation in 2003,” said Kim Hayes, co-founder and CEO of Ambit. “This appointment clearly highlights our full commitment to our role as an EAGLE II small business prime contractor. Tom will shape our business development strategies around this contract as well as deliver improved results for a broader set of government customers.”
Prior to his current role, Ragland served as the Client Executive and Senior Vice President for Homeland Security at CACI. He was also Homeland Security executive for Northrop Grumman IT, QinetiQ-NA and SAIC. He served as one of the initial leaders in the post 9/11 Office of Homeland Security under Secretary Tom Ridge from 2001-2003.
Previously, Ragland played a key role in several Homeland Security projects, including the build-out of the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) directorate, the Homeland Security Defense Network (HSDN) and the early initiation of OneNet – the consolidation of DHS’ wide area network.
“In the 2013 eco-political environment, it is important that mission services be viewed as an investment that is essential to mission success,” said Ragland. “Ambit has consistently delivered results for its clients, even on some of the government’s most challenging programs. The company is a leader in the IT community known for the successful adoption of rapid assessment and strategic planning. I am excited to join the team.”
Ragland has also supported the Association for Federal Information Resource Managers (AFFIRM), American Council of Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), TechAmerica and Wounded Warriors Foundation, contributing towards improved government/industry relations in homeland security.