John Steckel will become the new president and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS on Sept. 6, taking over from Peter Smith.
Currently the vice president of corporate development, Steckel will fill the position as Smith retires. Smith, who’s been president and CEO since August 2014, will still be involved with the company as a member of the board of directors.
“My nine-year tenure as CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS has been the pinnacle of my 43-year career with the company,” Smith said. “I am thrilled that our board selected John Steckel to succeed me, and I expect a seamless transition.”
For the past nine years, Smith has led AMERICAN SYSTEMS “with skill, energy, and exceptional integrity,” said Bill Hoover, chairman of the board. “His impact will be long-lived.”
Steckel began his AMERICAN SYSTEMS career in 2018 as vice president of business development and was promoted to his current position in 2022. Prior to joining AMERICAN SYSTEMS, he held senior business development positions for several government contracting firms, including Vencore, Raytheon and BAE Systems.
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the company’s next president and CEO,” Steckel said. “I have deep respect for the culture and core values that are firmly embedded in the fabric of AMERICAN SYSTEMS. I look forward to building on this solid foundation, further positioning AMERICAN SYSTEMS as an employer and contractor of choice supporting national priority programs. I am very proud and excited to lead our employee-owners in the next chapter of our growth.”
Steckel received WashingtonExec’s 2022 Pinnacle Awards for Business Development Executive of the Year, Private Company.