Geospark Analytics has named Amanda Brownfield chief executive, succeeding founder and CEO Omar Balkissoon, who steps into the role of executive chairman of the board and a strategic adviser to the company.
Brownfield, who joined the company as president in March 2020, has operational experience for privately held and publicly traded multibillion-dollar companies in the national security space. Prior to Geospark, she was senior vice president of national intelligence at TASC, then at Engility, for six years until its acquisition by SAIC.
Brownfield has helped grow multimillion-dollar technology-enabled solutions businesses and also has M&A experience working with boards, the C-suite and investment bankers to build portfolios that compel acquisition.
“I am honored and excited to lead Geospark Analytics into its next phase of growth, building upon the company’s incredible success in the last three short years,” she said. “Geospark Analytics will become an increasingly disruptive force in the threat and risk intelligence industry as we continue to combine multi-variant data together with AI, machine learning, and natural language generation to deliver insight needed to make informed decisions about the future, now.”
Zero Gravity Capital partner and board member Garrett Pagon called Brownfield “a leader and a strategist—someone who was as zealous as me about our mission, really committed to a set of principles and values, and knew how to win.”
“I watched her build large, successful portfolios, but I also watched her do it by rolling up her sleeves and leading from the front and always offering transparency and authenticity to her teammates,” he added.
The company said it’s coming off a quarter with over 400% growth, the award of six enterprise-level contracts with one more in negotiation and the announcement of a nearly $100 million, single award, U.S governmentwide indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.
“Omar’s vision and leadership has driven the company to a place where he can confidently hand the reins to Amanda,” said General Catalyst partner and board member David Orfao. “He has left an indelible legacy and will continue to be an invaluable resource as Executive Chairman of the board and strategic advisor.”