Riverside Research announced the promotion of Alka Bhave to chief operations officer to oversee the company’s corporate operations and drive transformation in services and capabilities.
Bhave joined Riverside Research earlier this year as vice president and chief of staff. In her new role, she’ll also provide executive leadership to the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
“I am thrilled to have Alka in this critical leadership role at Riverside Research,” said Riverside Research CEO Steve Omick. “She is uniquely suited to engage and transform our workforce and she will be a force in establishing Riverside Research as an industry leader in DEI. A natural outcome of Alka’s leadership will be increased employee retention, engagement, and satisfaction — all part of our journey to be a destination company.”
Bhave brings to the role over 25 years’ experience in systems engineering, IT integration, and program and project management. She specializes in agile and lean systems, human-centered innovation, strategy development, government partnerships and performance optimization.
Prior to joining Riverside Research, Bhave was vice president of performance excellence at Perspecta and Peraton. She has also contributed to the development and integration of complex space and ground systems for intelligence community, Defense Department, NASA and Department of Homeland Security customers.
“I am honored to take on this expanded role to lead the company’s operations in the best support of our programs, customers and their missions, further strengthening Riverside Research as a destination company,” Bhave said. “DEI is a critical element of this strategy. Our success and our customers’ success will be further accelerated by fostering an environment that results in the most innovative, inclusive, and productive workforce.”