ECS has hired former Homeland Security Department official and national security expert David West to develop and drive the company’s growth strategies.
West, who took on the role as vice president of corporate development, has experience in leading high-visibility teams at private firms and Cabinet-level security agencies. As an executive at Wolf Den Associates, he led the M&A practice; at DHS, he was a founding member of the secretary’s staff and an adviser to Sec. Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff. West also served in investment banking and principal investing roles at Morgan Stanley.
“Dave brings a keen eye for strategy and invaluable M&A expertise to this position,” said ECS President George Wilson. “His insight will provide a significant benefit to our employees, partners, and investors as we move towards our goal of becoming a $1 billion company.”
West said he was excited to join the team and to support some of the federal customers’ most pressing needs.
“Along with our parent company, ASGN, and through a hybrid strategy of organic growth and M&A, ECS has the technical depth, high-end capabilities, customer intimacy, and contract assets to become the leading solutions provider of scale while preserving our nimble, customer-first culture,” West said.
“Dave West is a stellar addition to the ECS team and I hope they know what they’ve procured in him. He possesses unique insight into the GovCon IT market and an encyclopedia knowledge of the various transactions, motivations, and advantages/weaknesses of entities in the space,” said Mark HuYoung, managing partner at NorthWind Partners. “That said, Dave’s integrity and character are above reproach, he is a natural collaborator, an authentic relationship builder, and a servant leader. I have no doubt he will positively impact the culture of the business as well as it’s parent company and partners.”