Dr. Atefi is the Chairman and CEO of Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned R&D and technology solutions company supporting the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers. He became President of Alion’s predecessor company, IIT Research Institute (IITRI) in 1997. IITRI is a not-for-profit R&D company affiliated with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
In 2002, he led the effort in purchasing majority of the assets of IITRI from IIT by the employees which resulted in establishment of Alion as a 100% employee-owned S corporation. Over the past four years Alion has grown from 1,600 employees to approximately 3,700 employees. Both organic growth and a series of strategic acquisitions have contributed to Alion’s success.
Prior to joining IITRI, he had a 15-year career at SAIC. His last assignment at SAIC was Senior Vice President in charge of the Energy and Environment Group, a 600 person organization consisting of nuclear, chemical and environmental engineers supporting a variety of government, commercial and international clients. He started his career as a nuclear engineer at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).
Dr. Atefi won the Ernst & Young’s greater Washington area Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Defense and Security category in 2003, and ACG National Capital area Dealmaker of the Year award in 2006. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University, followed by a master’s degree and a doctor of science degree in nuclear engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Leslie Armitage has served as director of Alion Science and Technology since May 2002. Ms. Armitage is a Founding Partner and Senior Managing Director of Relativity Fund, L.P., a private equity firm. Prior to co-founding Relativity, Ms. Armitage was a Partner and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group. At Carlyle, she focused on transactions in the aerospace, defense, automotive, information systems, and environmental technology and services industries.
Ms. Armitage held several positions of increasing responsibility at Carlyle, including Analyst (1990), Associate (1992), Vice President (1994), and Principal (1996). In June 1997, Ms. Armitage became a founding member of Carlyle Europe, the firm’s first international buyout operation. While in Europe she led or played key roles in fund raising, hiring of the investment team and executing the first European transactions. In 1999, Ms. Armitage was promoted to Partner and returned to Washington, D.C. to focus again on U.S. buyout transactions.
She received a B.S. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
The Board of Directors has determined that Leslie Armitage qualifies as “audit committee financial expert” as defined in Item 407(d)(5)(ii) of Regulation S-K, and that she is “independent” as independence for audit committee members is defined in the listing standards of NYSE Amex Equities, formerly known as the American Stock Exchange or AMEX (NYSE Amex).
Daniel H. Clare is a Managing Director of American Securities Opportunities Fund (ASOF) and joined the firm in 2010.
From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Clare was with Diamond Castle Holdings, LLC, a private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout and growth capital investments in middle market companies, most recently as a Senior Managing Director.
From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Clare was an investment professional at CSFB Private Equity/DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. From 1993 to 1997, he was a management consultant at Bain & Company, and in 1998, was a summer associate in the investment banking division at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Mr. Clare received a BA from Haverford College in Political Science, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also attended the University of Cambridge.
Lew Collens is Professor of Law and President Emeritus Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Collens served as the university's seventh president from 1990 to July 2007. Prior to his presidency he served 16 years as dean of IIT's Chicago-Kent College of Law. Collens currently sits on the boards of AMSTED Industries Incorporated, Dean Foods Company, Alion Science & Technology, The Colson Group, All Cell Technology, The Chicago Council on Science & Technology, Advance Illinois and The Civic Consulting Alliance.
Over the course of his careers he has served more than thirty organizations, including: American Law Institute, Chicago Bar Foundation, Chicago Education Alliance, Partnership for New Communities, Leadership Greater Chicago, Economic Club of Chicago, Association of Independent Technological Universities, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, The Latin School of Chicago, and the Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors.
Prior to joining the academic world he practiced law in Chicago and Washington, D.C., co-founded Bar/Bri Educational Publishing Company, and served as a corporate controller.
He received his law degree in 1966 from the University of Chicago, where he served on the University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also served as a Law and Humanities Fellow at Harvard Law School from 1973-1974. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois.
Lawrence A. First is the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of American Securities Opportunities Fund (ASOF). Mr. First joined the firm in 2008.
Prior to joining ASOF, Mr. First was a Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager in Merrill Lynch’s Principal Credit Group, a proprietary investing platform for the firm’s capital, where he was responsible for evaluating and managing assets in the team’s North American portfolio, including non-investment grade bank loans, stressed/distressed fixed income investments and public and private equity.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2003, Mr. First was a senior partner in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring department of the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, where he began his legal career in 1987. At Fried Frank, he represented both debtors and creditors in both in-court and out-of court restructurings as well as lenders to, investors in, and potential buyers and sellers of, financially troubled companies. Prior to his joining Fried Frank’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring department, he was a member of its Corporate Department, where he became partner in 1994.
Mr. First received a BA from Haverford College in History and Sociology, and a JD from New York University School of Law. He also attended the London School of Economics.
Admiral Harold W. Gehman, Jr., USN (Ret.) was appointed to Alion Science and Technology’s Board of Directors in September 2002. Admiral Gehman completed over 35 years of active duty and retired from the U.S. Navy in October 2000. His last assignment was as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic and as the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Joint Forces Command.
Admiral Gehman graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a commission in the Navy from the NROTC program. A Surface Warfare Officer, he served at all levels of leadership and command in guided missile destroyers and cruisers, including five sea commands in ranks from Lieutenant to Rear Admiral. He served in Vietnam as Officer in Charge of a Swift patrol boat and later in Chu Lai as Officer in Charge of a detachment of six Swifts. In 1996, Admiral Gehman was promoted to four-star Admiral, and he became the 29th Vice Chief of Naval Operations. As VCNO he was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, formulated the Navy's $70B budget, and developed and implemented policies governing the 375,000 people in the Navy. Assigned as SACLANT and CINC U.S. Joint Forces Command in 1997, Admiral Gehman became one of NATO’s two military commanders and assumed command of all forces of all four services in the continental U.S.
Admiral Gehman serves on the Boards of Directors of Maersk Lines, Ltd and Transystems Corp and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Old Dominion University and is a Senior Fellow at the National Defense University. Since retiring from active duty he has served as Co-Chairman of the Department of Defense's investigation into the terrorist attack on the USS COLE, as Chairman of the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board and as a member of the President's 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).
General Michael V. Hayden, USAF (Ret.), was appointed a director of Alion Science and Technology in July 2010. After 41 years of military service, General Hayden retired in July 2008 as a United States Air Force general, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former director of the National Security Agency (NSA).
General Hayden had a commendable military and intelligence career in high-ranking roles and received a wealth of awards and decorations. In May 2006, General Hayden was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Director of CIA where he oversaw all intelligence operations for the United States. Previously, General Hayden served as the first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence for one year and as the Director of NSA for six. Under his guidance as the Director of NSA, the domestic telephone call database was created to monitor international communications to assist in locating terrorists. Additionally, General Hayden held roles as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center. General Hayden earned a Bachelor’s degree in history and then a Master’s degree in modern American history from Duquesne University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Air Force ROTC program.
Currently, General Hayden serves as a principal of the Chertoff Group and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University School of Public Policy.
General George A. Joulwan, USA (Ret.), has served as a director of Alion Science and Technology since May 2002. General Joulwan retired after 36 years of service in the military in September 1997. During his final military assignment he served as Commander in Chief, United States European Command (CINCEUR) and as the 11th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).
General Joulwan had a career of exemplary military service and outstanding foreign policy experience. As CINCEUR, General Joulwan conducted over 20 successful operations in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East, and as SACEUR he served during the most revolutionary period in the NATO Alliance since its inception. His leadership was the basis for the historic NATO-Russian Founding Act, signed in May of 1997 to end the Cold War. General Joulwan served for 18 years in Europe, including 14 years in Germany. General Joulwan also served as the Commander in Chief of U.S. forces in Central South America prior to becoming SACEUR in 1993. Additionally, he served in the Pentagon as the Executive Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; was Special Assistant to the President of the United States; was Special Assistant to the SACEUR, General Alexander Haig; and served two combat tours in Vietnam. He is a graduate of West Point Academy and holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from Loyola University in Chicago.
General Joulwan currently serves as president of One Team, Inc., a strategic consulting company, and as a director for General Dynamics Corporation. He previously served as an Olin Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and as an adjunct professor at the National Defense University.
General Michael E. Ryan, USAF (Ret.), has served as a director of Alion Science and Technology since May 2002. General Ryan retired from the military in 2001 after 36 years of service. He served his last four years as the 16th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.
General Ryan graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1965. During his distinguished military career, he has commanded at the squadron, wing, numbered air force, and major command levels. General Ryan flew combat missions in Southeast Asia, including 100 missions over North Vietnam. He also served at the Headquarters U.S. Air Force and the Joint Staff. As commander of 16th Air Force and Allied Air Forces Southern Europe in Italy, he directed the NATO air combat operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, directly contributing to the Dayton Peace Accords. As Air Force Chief of Staff, General Ryan was responsible for organizing, training, and equipping over 700,000 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he and other service chiefs functioned as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council, and the President.
General Ryan serves on the board of directors of the Air Force Association and as president of Ryan Associates, LLC, a consulting company.