Axient CEO Randy Cash has appointed three new chief executives to the corporate leadership suite.
Jay Kovacs will serve as chief innovation officer; Patience Samson will serve as chief corporate affairs officer and senior vice president; and Porf Dubón will be chief strategy officer.
Kovacs, who previously served as senior vice president of growth strategies, brings 35 years of experience in technical leadership to the role. He will now be responsible for developing and overseeing Axient’s long-term growth and innovation strategy to expand the company’s discriminating capabilities.
As SVP of growth strategies, Kovacs led strategy development and technical solutioning, and provided subject matter expertise across the company’s top strategic pursuits. He’ll continue to lead innovations and solutioning for strategic technical capabilities across Axient, including Axient’s Digital Engineering and Data Analytics practices. Prior to Axient, he served at KBR, former SGT, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and General Electric.
Samson, previously Axient’s vice president of corporate development, brings 20 years of experience in defense, civilian and intelligence markets. She has worked in program management, corporate operations and business development.
In her new role, she will balance internal and external business needs and build relationships to market and advocate for Axient capabilities, contracts, employees and business interests.
Samson will also align the responsibilities of corporate communications, government relations and public affairs, stakeholder engagement and community relations. She’ll oversee strategic communications, corporate responsibility and community relations, employee engagement and internal communications, M&A integration, change management and quality/continuous improvement.
Dubón, who was previously vice president of strategies and analysis, has 38 years of experience in operations, management, training, education, decision-making, strategic planning, directing, evaluating, motivating and quality improvement, including 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.
In his new role, Dubón will provide a corporate-level focus on developing, communicating and realizing strategy. He will support the CEO and work with the executive team to execute corporate initiatives and enable growth.
Dubón’s experience includes providing executive-level technical and programmatic support for Defense Department programs. He has overseen the integration of risk, reliability, safety, quality, engineering, and software assurance specialties into the system engineering lifecycles of space and missile systems development and testing, launch support and launch vehicle system development activities.