Peter Smith, the former president and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS, has replaced Bill Hoover as the company’s board chairman. Hoover has held the role since 2015.
Smith announced in August his resignation from his position as the company’s president and CEO. John Steckel, who was named the company’s new president and CEO effective Sept. 6, has been elected vice chairman of the board.
“After spending my entire professional life in various capacities with AMERICAN SYSTEMS, I am both humbled and honored to be able to continue my association with this highly engaged employee-owned company as its Chairman of the Board,” Smith said. “I want to thank Bill Hoover for his past leadership and service and look forward to building on his legacy.”
Smith joined AMERICAN SYSTEMS in 1980 as a test engineer and held technical and management positions of progression until named president and CEO in 2014. During his tenure, he oversaw significant growth across the company, including the acquisition of two businesses, the company said.
Smith also served on the Professional Services Council executive committee and board of directors, and the Northern Virginia Technology Council board of directors.
Steckel joined AMERICAN SYSTEMS in 2018 as vice president of business development and helped align the company’s business development and delivery of strategic solutions with customer needs. In 2022, he was promoted to vice president of corporate development.