Parsons Taps J.R. Riordan for Space Executive Role

J.R. Riordan, Parsons

Defense technology provider Parsons Corp. has announced the hiring of John “J.R.” Riordan as a senior vice president of business development for the space and geospatial solutions market.

“J.R. is a proven military strategist, policy expert and business executive whose knowledge of the defense and political environments will advance Parsons’ growth in the federal market,” said Doug Dreyer, executive vice president of business development for Parsons. “His leadership will accelerate the company’s already robust capabilities in joint all-domain operations and provide a refined toolset of experience in pipeline cultivation, campaign strategy development and execution.”

Riordan comes to Parsons from the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he led the strategic forces staff for all U.S. nuclear, missile defense and space operations issues. He was also one of the congressional architects responsible for developing the U.S. Space Force.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2011 as chief and panel chair of the space superiority and global integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance division after a 23-year career.

Riordan has been tasked to lead the account management, business development and customer engagement of the company’s space portfolio for the Defense Department and intelligence community.

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