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Paul Ney confirmed as General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense

July 17, 2018: Paul C. Ney, Jr., was confirmed as the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Ney, of Tennessee, was most recently the Chief Deputy Attorney General at the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. Ney was previously a partner at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C., in Nashville. He was previously the Acting General Counsel for the U.S. Navy; the Principal Deputy General Counsel at the Navy; and the Defense Department’s Deputy General Counsel for Legal Counsel. Ney received his law degree and a masters in business administration degree from Vanderbilt University.

Aedward Los Banos appointed Executive Director, Hawaii Community Development Authority

July 17, 2018: Aedward Los Banos has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), effective on August 6, 2018. Los Banos was appointed by the Authority’s Board of Directors on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The state agency oversees development in Kakaako, Lalealoa and Heeia on Oahu. Los Banos has worked for the agency for four years. He was most recently the HCDA’s Administrative Services Officer. He was previously the HCDA Acting Executive Director for nearly a year in later 2015 and 2016, until Jesse Souki was appointed later in 2016. Souki resigned in the fall of 2017 after about one year in the position. Garett Kamemoto has been HCDA's Acting Executive Director since Souki resigned. He is scheduled to return to his position as HCDA’s Community Outreach Officer.

George Batsakis hired as Director, Defense and Intelligence, Accenture Federal Services

July 17, 2018: George Batsakis, who recently stepped down as the Chief Growth Officer at the revamped General Dynamics Information Technology, has landed at Accenture Federal Services, and he has been hired to lead Accenture’s Defense and Intelligence division. Batsakis will be responsible for developing and delivering solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, military health providers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal government clients. Chief Executive Officer John Goodman said in a statement that the addition of Batsakis would help Accenture accelerate several projects aimed at modernizing information technology to reduce costs and boost efficiencies. Batsakis spent more than seven years at Falls Church, Va.-based CSRA Inc., most recently as the Chief Growth officer. He retained that title after General Dynamics closed its blockbuster $9.7 billion acquisition of the government IT services company and put a new leadership team in place. He left that job in June, 2018, after two months in the post. Goodman, who was named CEO in the fall of 2017, used to lead the defense and intelligence portfolio at Arlington County, Va.-based Accenture Federal, the government services subsidiary of global consulting firm Accenture LLP. Like its competitors, Accenture Federal is aggressively moving to position itself as a leader in helping federal agencies devise the right strategies to pursue and procure technology services and technologies, especially in cloud, cyber, analytics and digital tools and approaches such as agile software development.

Donna Sawyer hired as Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

July 17, 2018: Donna D. Sawyer has been hired as the Chief Executive Officer of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA). Sawyer’s hiring was announced on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Sawyer succeeds Bill Gilmore, who retired in 2017 after thirty-seven years at the office. Sawyer joined the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts in 2017 as the Chief of External Affairs. She previously held senior positions in the arts and nonprofits sector, including holding posts at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina; the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia; and at Sesame Workshop. BOPA oversees citywide events in Baltimore, including Light City Baltimore, Artscape and the Baltimore Farmers' Market and Bazaar. The organization as an annual budget of nearly $11 million. Sawyer, who is also a writer, won the 2017 Maryland Writers’ Association Award for Historical Fiction for her debut novel, "Provenance." She was a finalist for the same award at New York’s Harlem Book Festival. Sawyer is married to Granville M. Sawyer, Jr., a Bowie State University professor and author.

Todd Herman to resign as Executive Director of Arkansas Arts Center on August 10

July 17, 2018: Todd Herman announced on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, that he plans to resign on August 10, 2018, as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Arts Center. Herman, 51, has held the position for seven years. He is resigning to take a positions as the chief executive at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., where he is scheduled to start on August 20, 2018. One of just three Arts Center directors in its fifty years, Herman’s exit occurs as a behind-the-scenes fundraising campaign is underway to pay for the downtown Little Rock Museum’s planned $70 million makeover. Officials revealed the concept design in February, 2018, about two years after the public-private project launched. Laine Harber, the Arts Center’s Deputy Director of Operations and Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed as the Acting Executive Director to succeed Herman.

Chesterfield County, Va., Public Schools System Safety and Security Manager Donald Green fired

July 17, 2018: Donald R. Green was fired as the Safety and Security Manager for the Chesterfield County, Va., Public Schools System during the week of July 8-14, 2018, after parents and The Richmond Times-Dispatch raised questions about his inflammatory Facebook posts. “The school division was made aware late Tuesday afternoon of reported postings and immediately began an investigation. Donald Green is no longer an employee of Chesterfield Schools. We take seriously our responsibility to provide a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment that is free from disruptions and distractions," school system officials said in a statement released Thursday morning, July 12, 2018. Schools Spokesman Shawn Smith declined to answer questions beyond the statement. According to Green’s LinkedIn page, he had been in the position in Chesterfield since 2014. His salary with the division was $91,928 in 2016-2017, according to the most recent figures in the Times-Dispatch local salary database.

Philip Rizzi hired as Executive Vice President, ARServices in Alexandria, Va.

July 17, 2018: Philip Rizzi, formerly a vice president at Calibre Systems, has joined ARServices as an Executive Vice President, and he will be responsible for service delivery across three business lines at the Alexandria, Va.-based contractor. ARServices officials said on Monday, July 9, 2018, that Rizzi will oversee the company’s research and development, business transformation and integrated logistics services. He brings three decades of strategic planning, policy and data analysis, human capital organizational development, program management and training experience to his new role. Rizzi previously led Calibre’s human and capital training and energy, environment and infrastructure divisions for nearly five years. Before that, he worked at SRA International as a Vice President and Director of Energy, Environment and Organization Performance for three years, and as a Business Program Manager for eight years. ARServices is based in Alexandria, Virginia.