NDIA elects new board chair

By Briana Reilly / September 29, 2022 at 10:29 AM

The National Defense Industrial Association board has elected Michael Bayer as its new chair effective Oct. 1, the organization announced today.

Bayer, the president and CEO of Dumbarton Strategies, will serve in the role for a two-year term, succeeding retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO of The Punaro Group, per NDIA.

Punaro is set to remain at NDIA as the board’s chair emeritus over the next two years, while holding positions at the helm of NDIA’s nomination and governance committee and head of the advisory board of the Emerging Technologies Institute.

Taking over for Bayer as vice chair of the board is Lisa Disbrow, the former under secretary of the Air Force from January 2015 to July 2017. Within that term, she had also served as acting Air Force secretary and the secretary of defense’s principal DOD space advisor. At NDIA, she most recently served as the organization’s compensation committee chair.

Meanwhile, Bayer previously chaired the Defense Business Board and was a member of the Defense Science Board.