Bridge Core Federal, a NewSpring Holdings platform company, has acquired teKnoluxion and named former Avantus chairman and CEO Andy Maner executive chairman of its board of directors.
The company also appointed former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon and Vice Adm. Bob Sharp to its board of directors.
This comes after the company’s recent acquisition of GeoYeti and the appointment of Chad Kim as CEO.
Founded by Jimmy Gardner in 2013, teKnoluxion specializes in hybrid cloud engineering and full lifecycle cloud development. This combination of capabilities will strengthen Bridge Core’s approach to analysis, cybersecurity and DevSecOps.
“Jimmy has built a remarkable team at teKnoluxion, one that sets high standards for talent and performance. He nurtured a culture where everyone has the tools and support to excel,” Kim said. “Their technical experts and leadership team will amplify our efforts to provide mission agility to the intelligence community.”
Maner’s career spans accomplishments and experiences in government services and national security. He brings to the role a blend of public and private sector insights from his days at the White House, as a senior leader at the Department of Homeland Security and as CEO of two private equity platform companies, NISC and Avantus.
Both companies serviced the government and sold to strategic buyers for double-digit return multiples.
“This is a great day for Bridge Core as we bring together intelligence community visionaries Sue, Bob, Jimmy, and Chad with the NewSpring Holdings Investment team to build the Bridge Core platform through strategic acquisitions, like teKnoluxion and GeoYeti, and investments to fuel organic growth,” Maner said. “I’m excited about the future of the business and our ability to impact mission and innovate within the national security space where there is significant growth potential.”
The company said Maner’s perspective will help direct the future of Bridge Core, which aims to cater to a wide array of intelligence needs in different sectors.
“Andy’s emphasis on human capital, talent development, and belief in building a strong culture is pivotal to support intelligence operations,” said Lee Garber, NewSpring General Partner. “His experience scaling former NewSpring Holdings platform company, Avantus, into a mid-market powerhouse by executing a strategic plan that included the complex integration of multiple acquired companies, the creation of a thriving culture, and the establishment of an ethos focused on the mission and customers will help guide Bridge Core’s growth with wisdom, precision, and dedication.”
Gordon’s career spans over three decades in the U.S. intelligence community. She was at the forefront of strategic planning with various government agencies, including the CIA, and as the deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the principal deputy director of national intelligence.
Gordon has experience assessing global trends, identifying threats and opportunities and developing technical capabilities and solutions that delivered mission advantage, which is crucial for Bridge Core’s long-term strategy, the company said.
“Sue’s depth of knowledge and her innate understanding of our client’s missions will enable Bridge Core to enhance our impact,” Kim said. “Her continuing legacy of leadership and innovation, now in the private sector, coupled with her renowned integrity and extensive network, solidifies her as an invaluable asset helping to shape the future of our expanding platform.”
Sharp brings his naval, joint and interagency intelligence background to the company. He directly supported operational forces and directed NGA. He has a deep understanding of real-world intelligence operations that can guide Bridge Core to deliver maximum mission impact.
“Bob’s strategic insight and history of inter-agency collaboration make him an ideal candidate for our Board,” Kim said. “Beyond his operational expertise, Bob is renowned for his emphasis on investing in human capital and culture. His leadership consistently fosters environments where teams thrive and support one another, emphasizing his comprehensive approach to mission success.”
Gardner added his excitement to “building a full spectrum intelligence company with Bridge Core, as our cultural values of integrity, respect, and transparency are in full alignment.”
“Our shared commitment to a People First Culture that supports our team personally and professionally, along with mission excellence and technical innovation, make Bridge Core the ideal choice for a strategic partner,” he added.