September 14, 2022 – Chief growth officer is currently a hot C-level role, and while not every company has one, more of these positions are likely to emerge. According to recruiters, the CGO role itself is expanding and its popularity is rising, especially among professional services firms that understand client needs and who want to be front and center to achieve long-term revenue growth and stay competitive. The CGO, they report, is free to challenge the status quo in order to discover new pathways to growth. But the position holder also leads their organizations to a heightened sense of responsibility and purpose. Reston, VA-headquartered executive search firm NorthWind Partners recently helped to place Rob Sheen as chief growth officer of Redhorse Corp. Director Greg Pollack led the search.
“I am excited to have Rob Sheen join the Redhorse Corp.,” John Zangardi, CEO of Redhorse. “Rob will bring his deep expertise for integrating capabilities, operational concepts, and technology to drive growth initiatives through business capture and strategic planning.”
Mr. Sheen comes to Redhorse from Novetta, where he was SVP of client operations. In that role, he was responsible for customer mission success as the leader of the company’s information exploitation, cyber, and mission solutions teams, overseeing deployment, implementation, and all aspects of operational excellence in the customer space.
Prior to Novetta, Mr. Sheen held program manager roles overseeing mission-critical data analytics system implementations at companies such as Sapient and CACI. In 2011, he joined Novetta as program manager of defense intelligence. In that capacity, he oversaw the deployment of largescale data solutions for defense and intelligence customers. Operating at the center of Novetta’s leadership team, Mr. Sheen was pivotal in the company’s ongoing success, connecting business development to inspire product innovation, and leading mission-focused teams to achieve excellence in execution.
In his new role, Mr. Sheen will be responsible for managing the growth of Redhorse Corp. while working in collaboration with the chief financial officer, chief operating officer, and chief delivery officer. Together, they will develop measures supporting growth initiatives such as organizational alignment while forecasting customer needs. Specifically, Mr. Sheen will be responsible for developing, qualifying, and executing pipeline needs; identifying and assessing mergers and acquisition opportunities; and focusing on business development activities.
Located in Arlington, VA, Redhorse combines consulting experience with a passion for problem-solving to help clients address mission-critical government problems. The company helps clients to understand their issues and find solutions, using digital transformation and artificial intelligence, partnered with its domain expertise in national security, networking technology and infrastructure, energy, and the environment.
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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.
Mr. Pollack is an advisor providing executive search and leadership advisory solutions for investors, boards, and C-suite leaders spanning mid-market growth-oriented private-equity investments as well as large, globally integrated organizations. He also leads the firm’s aviation & aerospace engagements. Mr. Pollack completed numerous key leadership placements for leading aviation and aerospace organizations as well as for clients in both the industrials and technology practices.
NorthWind Partners recruited Scott Garren as chief growth officer for Sigma Defense Systems, a leading provider of systems and services for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Mr. Garren was previously CGO for Interactive Government Holdings (IGH). The assignment was led by director Jonathan Rice. Founded in 2006, Sigma Defense Systems is a leading technology company serving the Department of Defense, providing systems and services for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance since 2006.
Reston, VA-headquartered executive search firm NorthWind Partners has assisted in the placement of Jean-Francois Blanc as chief growth officer of Akima. He is charged with leading the company’s corporate development efforts, growing revenue, and expanding market share. Partner Hunter Murray led the assignment. “Jean-Francois is a hands-on leader with experience winning large contracts in both the Department of Defense and civilian agencies,” said Bill Monet, president and CEO of Akima. “We are pleased to add him to our leadership team, and we expect his knowledge of the market and his past success winning strategic contracts will serve him well in this growth-focused role.”
Recently, NorthWind Partners also assisted in placing Sharon Jimenez, a well-recognized health and government digital transformation expert, as chief growth officer NetImpact Strategies, a Falls Church, VA-based digital transformation company that serves the federal government. “We are very pleased to add Sharon to our executive leadership team to drive our business development and sales functions,” said NetImpact CEO Venkatapathi “PV” Puvvada. “Sharon’s extensive experience across federal health care, DOD, Homeland Security, and other civilian market sectors along with her expertise in building and leading high performing teams will help accelerate NetImpact’s growth journey.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media