On June 22, Delta Tucker Holdings, Inc., the parent company of DynCorp International, Inc. (DI), released that Lewis “Lou” F. Von Thaer has been named chief executive officer (CEO). Von Thaer will replace Jim Geisler, who will step down as interim CEO to take on a new role as non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors.
“We are delighted to have Lou Von Thaer lead the Company going forward,” said Delta Tucker Holdings, Inc.’s lead director Chan Galbato. “Lou brings a track record of success and deep knowledge of adjacent markets. Lou’s talents will be additive to an already strong management team.”
“It was an honor to lead the DI team,” stated Geisler. “I look forward to my continued role as non-executive Chairman of the Board serving closely with Lou.”
Von Thaer previously served as President of the National Security Sector at Leidos, where he managed the company’s efforts in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), cyber, logistics, and systems solutions. Before joining Leidos, Von Thaer was president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. In total, Von Thaer has over 30 years of experience in government, engineering, and intelligence contracting.
“DI is a great company whose work around the world truly does make a difference,” stated Von Thaer. “I am honored and excited to take on this new role and lead DI in reaching its goals.”
Galbato also said, “I want to thank Jim Geisler for serving as interim CEO. Jim led the Company through a difficult period, building a now solid platform. The Board of Directors selected Lou to continue what Jim started and lead the Company to long-term success.”
“I’ve known Lou for many years and have had the privilege of watching him lead organizations with a steady, thoughtful demeanor. Lou has a track record of taking calculated risks that have paid off. I believe he approached DI with that same mindset. Lou’s even-keel leadership style, unrelenting strategic awareness, and deep experience and knowledge in adjacent markets will align well with what DI needs to accomplish in this next season. There are some fairly significant targets in front of the company, but Lou is up to the task of heavy lifting,” said Mark HuYoung, managing partner at NorthWind Partners.