NorthWind Partners Recruits CEO for Frontgrade Technologies

January 3, 2024 – Reston, VA-headquartered executive search firm NorthWind Partners has assisted in the recruitment of Mitch Stevison as president and CEO of Frontgrade Technologies in Colorado Springs, CO. He succeeds Mike Elias, who is transitioning out of his role as president and CEO.

Mr. Stevison brings substantial leadership and industry experience to his new role. He previously led Mercury Systems’ Mission Systems division and served as an officer of the company, helping lead Mercury’s growth and transformation, solving challenges at the intersection of business, technology, and operations and driving transformative growth and operational sustainability. Mr. Stevison also served in several roles at Raytheon for ten years, most recently as senior vice president of strategy and development for Raytheon Missile and Defense. He previously served in operations and program management roles and Ducommun and Lockheed Martin. Before joining the private sector, Mr. Stevison served in the U.S. Army for 20 years in various research-related roles.

“I am honored to serve as president and CEO of Frontgrade and continue the company’s legacy of innovation, supporting the space, defense, medical, and industrial ecosystems,” said Mr. Stevison. “With our talented team and best-in-class products and solutions, we will continue to deepen Frontgrade’s presence with existing customers, grow our customer base and continue to expand our offerings. This will include a portfolio of complete, integrated, and turnkey solutions as a merchant supplier across the value chain. I’m excited to work alongside everyone at Frontgrade as we continue to help our customers deliver innovative solutions that enable mission success for the U.S. and its allies.”

Frontgrade Technologies is a provider of high-reliability (hi-rel), radiation-hardened (rad-hard) solutions for defense, intelligence, commercial, and civil applications. The company has a complementary and integrated suite of mission-critical electronics.

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NorthWind Partners is a global, strategic executive search advisory firm. Its work is primarily focused on business and professional services, systems, solutions, and product companies spanning the aviation, aerospace and defense, healthcare, industrial, and technology sectors. The firm also has deep experience and relationships in the government contracting arena. NorthWind Partners’ success rate on engaged assignments is about 96 percent with 99 percent of executives placed maintaining a minimum tenure of one year.

Recent Search

NorthWind Partners recently recruited Rocky Thurston as the new CEO of DMI, a global digital transformation solutions company. Partner Hunter Murray led the assignment. He succeeded Sunny Bajaj, the company’s founder, who served as CEO since 2002 and remains on DMI’s board of directors. “It has been a privilege to build and lead DMI since its founding 21 years ago,” said Mr. Bajaj. “Since OceanSound’s investment, we have substantially transformed the company and positioned DMI for even greater success. We are fortunate to have had Rocky as our COO, an exceptional partner, who has proven his leadership abilities and now I am delighted to pass the baton to him as DMI’s new CEO. Rocky’s strategic vision, operational acumen, and deep understanding of our company’s values make him the ideal candidate to take DMI to the next level. I look forward to supporting Rocky and the rest of the management team in my new role.”

“It is wonderful to see the succession plan architected by Joe and Sunny being realized successfully,” said Mark HuYoung, managing partner of NorthWind Partners. “Rocky has leveraged years of experience demonstrating strong, capable leadership during his tenure as COO, which makes this transition seamless. It will be exciting to watch the company’s continued growth trajectory with him at the helm.”

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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