Steve Niezgoda has been named chief operations officer of Cornerstone Defense LLC.
Niezgoda comes from KeyW Corp., where he held numerous positions: chief technology officer, leader of the Mission IT division and, most recently, senior vice president. His 30 years of experience include both public and private sector work.
“Steve’s proven leadership, business development experience, mission understanding and history of delivering next-generation solutions will benefit not only Cornerstone’s customers but our partners and employees as well,” said CEO Chris Goodrich. “We are fortunate Steve is joining Cornerstone as we will greatly benefit from his experience and vast technical knowledge of the DoD, justice and intel markets.”
As program manager for the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, Niezgoda received the FBI Director’s Award for Science and Technology. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from George Mason University.
Niezgoda has authored or co-authored several articles that have appeared in Science, Byte and Journal of Forensic Science, among others.
“I’m excited to begin this next chapter with the Cornerstone team,” Niezgoda said. “With a proven track record of attracting and retaining high-end technical talent, Cornerstone has helped its clients expand their mission capabilities. I’m looking forward to helping the team continue its tradition of creating both individual and corporate growth opportunities.”