Rich Sawchak will succeed William “Bill” Vantine as Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. president and CEO, effective Nov. 21, following Vantine’s retirement.
“I am truly honored and excited at the opportunity to lead SPA, a great Company I have long admired,” Sawchak said.
Sawchak brings over 25 years of leadership experience within the government services and technology industries to SPA, where he will continue driving its success as a pure-play technical advisory services firm.
“Having served on SPA’s Board of Directors for the last year, I have gained an even greater appreciation of SPA’s focus on mission, values, and culture,” he added. “I look forward to continuing to execute on the successful strategy initiated by Bill over the last seven years. SPA has an extremely bright future ahead, and the first 50 years are only the beginning.”
Sawchak served most recently as the chief financial officer of Hypori, Inc., and before that, was the CFO of Novetta for nine years until the company was bought by Accenture Federal Services. He also served as executive vice president and CFO at Schafer Corp., and senior vice president and CFO of Paradigm Solutions until the successful sale of the company to CACI International.
He is a board member of SPA, Gunnison Consulting and Cydecor.
“The timing of Bill’s retirement was planned during the transition to Arlington Capital’s ownership last year, and we are grateful for his outstanding leadership as SPA’s President and CEO over the past seven years,” said David Wodlinger, board chairperson and a managing partner at Arlington Capital Partners.
“With Bill at the helm, SPA achieved impressive performance through consecutive years of high growth while achieving excellence across each of our key performance indicators, culminating in the recently announced 2022 GovCon Contractor of the Year award, while also being named for seven consecutive years as a Washington Post Top Workplace. Over the past year, he skillfully led SPA through the integration of four companies while maintaining SPA’s culture of excellence, setting the stage for the next phase of the Company’s growth.”
Vantine remains on the board of directors. Among his accomplishments, he was named WashingtonExec’s DOD Private Sector Executive of the Year in 2021.
“SPA is thriving as it heads into its next chapter thanks to our incredible team that delivers high quality, high-impact decision support that our clients have relied on for over 50 years,” Vantine said. “I have had the privilege to lead and learn from this great team as they have continuously supported our clients’ complex missions.”
“I will always be SPA’s biggest supporter and I am filled with gratitude for my time here. I look forward to continuing to contribute to SPA’s amazing success through my participation on the Board of Directors, and I am confident the Company will be in great hands under Rich’s leadership.”