Parsons Combines Federal, Infrastructure Business Units; Names Carey Smith COO

Carey Smith, Parsons

Carey Smith, Parsons

Parsons Corp. is merging its federal and infrastructure business units into a singular business structure and appointing Carey Smith chief operating officer to oversee the new venture.

Smith, who most recently served as president of Parsons Federal, will report directly to Chuck Harrington, Parsons chairman and CEO.

In addition, the company is also naming a new chief development officer and a new chief marketing officer.

Parsons said the move will better align the company’s end-to-end solutions with clients and also help cultivate joint research-and-development projects that leverage the strengths of both units.

“Combining the federal and infrastructure markets under Carey facilitates our organizational agility, innovation, and collaboration across the company, better serving our customers with digital solutions to their technologically complex challenges,” Harrington said. “This structural alignment also provides enhanced and broadened opportunities to our talented workforce while driving cross-market innovation. Having Carey as COO is an important step in continuing our growth strategy.”

As COO, Smith will be responsible for profit and loss of the unit as well implementing a corporate organic growth strategy built on continuous technology innovation, the company said.

“Parsons’ defense, security, intelligence, and infrastructure customers need converged end-to-end solutions,” Smith said. “Our new structure makes it easier to deliver a broader portfolio of innovative solutions to all of our clients. Having managed diversified businesses throughout my career, the key to success is our people and our focus on the customer’s mission. With more than 16,000 talented individuals working on four continents across Parsons, we have a highly talented, technologically advanced workforce. I look forward to helping them achieve their personal goals while better serving our customers.”

In addition to Smith’s new role, Parsons is making other changes to its executive leadership team.

Mike Johnson, president of Infrastructure, will take on the position of chief development officer reporting directly to Harrington. Drawing upon more than 25 years of business development and profit and loss management at Parsons, Johnson will focus on expanding Parsons’ strategic customer, partner and supplier relationships across the company.

Virignia Grebbien, corporate executive and chief of staff, will become chief marketing officer, also reporting directly to Harrington.

Additionally, Virginia Grebbien, corporate executive vice president and chief of staff, will become chief marketing officer, reporting directly to Harrington. Grebbien had previously served as president of the company’s commercial technology and water business lines and prior to that led the water business unit’s global business development. She will be responsible for the company’s marketing, branding, internal and external communications, the Fellows Program and government relations.

“By elevating Mike and Virginia to their new roles, I want to send a clear message on the importance of collaboration and innovation—both within Parsons and externally with our key customers and industry influencers,” Harrington said. “Mike will focus on building and driving growth within a renewed and robust relationship ecosystem while Virginia will ensure that everything we do inspires and influences the best possible outcomes.”

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