Peraton to reorganize into two sectors, two business units

By Marjorie Censer  / January 11, 2018

Peraton, the former Harris government IT services business, is reorganizing from six business groups into four -- two sectors and two business units.

According to an internal memo sent to employees today, Stu Shea, Peraton's chief executive, and Jeremy Wensinger, the contractor's chief operating officer, spent the last six months conducting a "top-down assessment of our markets, capabilities, organization and leadership team."

"We surfaced very quickly that our legacy organizations were not structured in a way that would deliver the profound market impact that we envisioned for our company," Shea writes in the memo. "Our antecedent organizations overlapped, we had far too many organizations for a company of our size, the visibility of our leaders in the market was not impactful, and our contract base was highly-fragmented and costly to continue."

As a result, Shea announces the company will operate in two sectors: space, intelligence and cyber and defense and electronic warfare.

The space, intelligence and cyber sector, led by former Noblis executive Roger Mason, is focused on "space protection and resiliency, intelligence processing, secure communications, mission operations, mission data analysis, cyber operations, and network platform protection and exploitation in support of our national security, civil space, and intelligence community customers."

Included in this sector is Peraton's existing work with NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office, among other agencies.

The defense and electronic warfare sector will be led by Gus Bontzos, who previously ran the company's advanced solutions organization.

This sector "will serve as the research and development (R&D) arm of Peraton, consolidating all of the internal R&D and customer R&D programs in support of the Department of Defense research laboratories," the memo says. "Our goal will be to develop and deliver mission-tailored solutions to Defense customers, from basic R&D, right through to operational programs."

The two sectors, Shea notes, will make up about 75 percent of the company.

Peraton will also have two business units. Its homeland security business unit, to be led by current Peraton executive Billy Morrissey, will work with the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department. Additionally, the company's health business will be included in this organization.

A communications business unit, to be led by Peraton executive Jim Campbell, will consolidate the contractor's government communications business.


According to the memo, Peraton is also creating a new organization to oversee the contractor's strategy, business development, technology, proposals and mergers and acquisitions.

The head of that group will serve as the overall company's chief technology officer and "will be responsible for developing the solutions that we bring to customers," Shea told Inside Defense during an interview at Peraton's Herndon, VA, office.

Peraton is set to soon announce its new CTO will be Reggie Brothers, a principal at the Chertoff Group who previously served as under secretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security.

Brothers was the Pentagon's deputy assistant secretary of defense for research from 2011 to 2014 and worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Shea notes in the memo the company will also add a chief growth officer. That executive will oversee business development, capture and proposal operations and build relationships with clients, he said.

Shea told Inside Defense the company's realignment marks a "really dramatic shift for us in terms of focus and in terms of our leadership change."

"It breaks a lot of historical glass," he said.