Leadership & Governance

Executive Leadership Team And Board Of Directors

Executive Leadership Team

Charles L. Harrington

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Charles Harrington was appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2008. He was named Chairman of the Parsons Board of Directors later that year and President of the corporation in 2009. Before his appointment in 2006 to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Parsons, Mr. Harrington was the founding President of one of Parsons’ divisions. In addition to his responsibilities at Parsons, Mr. Harrington serves on the boards of the Quality of Life Plus Program and the J.G. Boswell Company (Audit and Compensation Committees). He also serves on the California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo Foundation Board of Directors (Audit and Investment Committees). Chuck previously served on the boards of the AES Corporation, the Business-Higher Education Forum, the California Science Center Foundation Board of Trustees, the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Board of Trustees, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Sports Council, and the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. He also served as chair of the California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo President’s Council of Advisors for five years.

Carey A. Smith

President and Chief Operating Officer

Carey Smith is the President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the company’s global business, profits and loss of the federal and infrastructure markets, as well as implementing the corporate organic growth strategy built on continuous technology innovation. Before joining Parsons, she served in progressive leadership roles at Honeywell, including as President of its defense and space division, Vice President of Honeywell Aerospace Customer and Product Support, and President of Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining Honeywell, Ms. Smith held various positions at Lockheed Martin. She is on the Edison International Board of Directors and the Professional Services Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and is a member of the Intelligence National Security Alliance.

Garold B. “Gary” Adams

Chief Risk Officer

Gary Adams was appointed Chief Risk Officer at the beginning of 2020 and is responsible for enterprise risk management and Corporate oversight of project and portfolio risk. Mr. Adams has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility within Parsons, including Executive Vice President – Operations of a primary business unit, and most recently President of Parsons Middle East Africa (MEA) operations. In California, he served on several regional boards, including a toll road agency, and lectured at two universities.

George L. Ball

Chief Financial Officer

George Ball was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President in 2008. Since joining the company in 1983, he has served in a variety of financial and operational positions. In addition to his responsibilities at Parsons, he serves on the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc., and the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation Board of Trustees.

Debra A. Fiori

Chief People Officer

Debra Fiori serves as Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer and is responsible for leadership development, succession planning, organizational design, reward systems, talent acquisition, and human resources operations. Ms. Fiori joined Parsons in 2007 as Talent Management Director and then progressed to Vice President. Ms. Fiori is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, G100, the Human Resources Roundtable at the University of California at Los Angeles, and the Women Transportation Seminar. She currently serves on the Board of Kidspace Children’s Museum.

Virginia L. Grebbien

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Virginia Grebbien is Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. She oversees marketing, branding, and internal & external communications; the Fellows Program; government relations; and corporate social responsibility. She joined Parsons in 2008 and most recently served as Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff. Ms. Grebbien is a recognized expert in the water sector. She also has considerable experience in government relations, public policy, strategic customer development, business development, project development and finance, and project management. She currently serves on the board of Liberty Utilities.

Michael R. “Mike” Kolloway

Chief Legal Officer

Mike Kolloway serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Parsons Corporation. He joined Parsons in 2016 as Vice President & Deputy General Counsel – Americas. Before that, he served as Senior Corporate Vice President/Assistant General Counsel for Operations and Risk Management at AECOM. He began his career as a partner in the Chicago law firm of Rock, Fusco and Garvey where he was a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, focusing his practice on civil litigation.

Board Of Directors

Charles L. Harrington

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Executive Officer of Parsons

Mr. Harrington was appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2008. He was named Chairman of the Parsons Board of Directors later that year and President of the corporation in 2009. Before his appointment in 2006 to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Parsons, Mr. Harrington was the founding President of one of Parsons’ divisions.

Mark K. Holdsworth

Founder and Managing Partner of The Holdsworth Group

Mr. Holdsworth is a Founder and Managing Partner of The Holdsworth Group. Before that, he was Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC, and a Vice President of Corporate Finance at U.S. Bancorp Libra, Inc. He serves as Vice Chairman of EP Management Corporation and served as Chairman of International Wire Group. Mr. Holdsworth currently serves as Chairman of WinCup, Inc., and Chairman of Real Mex Restaurants, Inc. He is a National Trustee of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Steven F. Leer

Former Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arch Coal, Inc.

Mr. Leer is former Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arch Coal, Inc. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, and before that he was President as well as Chief Executive Officer from the time the company was formed. Prior to Arch Coal’s formation, Mr. Leer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arch Mineral Corporation, one of Arch Coal’s predecessor companies. In addition, he serves on the boards of Norfolk Southern Corporation, USG Corporation, and Washington University in St. Louis, and is a former regent of the University of the Pacific.

Letitia A. Long

Former Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Letitia Long has served in senior leadership positions across NGA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the DoD for nearly 40 years. She led NGA from 2010-2014, reporting to the Secretary of the Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and the Director of National Intelligence. Under her leadership, NGA became the first U.S. agency to adopt open-source software development and collaboration that delivered critical information to first responders during and after natural disasters. She has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive (two awards) and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (three awards). In 2011, she received the Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, was decorated with the Medal of Merit by the King of Norway, was appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor of France and awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Darren W. McDew, General USAF (ret)

Retired U.S. Air Force General

Gen. McDew served with distinction in the United States military for 36 years. Throughout his career, he had the opportunity to lead at all echelons; culminating as the Commander, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM). As a unified combatant command comprised of all the armed services, he served as the senior uniformed officer responsible for global air, land, and sea transportation, and patient movement for the Department of Defense. Gen McDew was commissioned as an Air Force officer in 1982. His journey began as a pilot and continued through multiple operational leadership roles and unique assignments at the White House (Military Aide to the President), the Pentagon (Strategic Plans and Policy for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs), and on Capitol Hill (Chief, Air Force Senate Liaison).

James F. McGovern

Senior Managing Partner of Alagem Capital; Chief Executive Officer and President of Dunhill Technologies, LLC; and Partner with McGovern & Smith Law Firm

Mr. McGovern is Senior Managing Partner of Alagem Capital; Chief Executive Officer and President of Dunhill Technologies, LLC; and Partner with McGovern & Smith Law Firm. Mr. McGovern previously served as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force and Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

Harry T. McMahon

Former Executive Vice Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Having spent 32 years in investment banking, Mr. McMahon has broad experience providing strategic and financial solutions for corporations and institutions worldwide. This has included leading teams on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory projects. He previously served as Executive Vice Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and currently serves as an independent director in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, including California Resources Corporation, where he chairs its Compensation Committee; Cottage Health System; Claremont McKenna College, where he was Board Chair for eight years; and the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Institute. He also acts as Senior Advisor and Director of G100 Companies.

M. Christian Mitchell

Former National Managing Partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP’s mortgage banking and finance practice

Mr. Mitchell was National Managing Partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP’s mortgage banking and finance practice. Before that, his roles with the firm included Regional Managing Partner for various practices, Associate National Managing Partner for the banking and thrift practice, and partner in the mergers and acquisitions and capital markets practice. Mr. Mitchell currently serves as a director for Special Value Opportunities Fund LLC; Reis, Inc.; Grandpoint Capital, Inc.; and Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation. In addition, he serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marshall & Stevens. Mr. Mitchell also serves as Chairman and President of the Southern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He is recognized by NACD as a Board Leadership Fellow and was named to the “100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” list by Directorship magazine in 2011 and 2012. In addition, he served a 2-year term as an Accounting Fellow for a federal agency.

Suzanne M. “Zan” Vautrinot, Major General USAF (ret)

President of Kilovolt Consulting, Inc.

Maj. Gen. Vautrinot is President of Kilovolt Consulting, Inc., a cyber security strategy and technology consulting firm. She serves as a Director on the boards for Symantec Corporation; ECOLAB, Inc.; the Battelle Memorial Institute, and Wells Fargo. Before retiring, she was a Major General in the United States Air Force and served as Commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber.

David C. Wajsgras

Former President of the Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) business (Raytheon)

Mr. Wajsgras has 20 years of experience at the senior executive management level, providing operational, strategic, and financial leadership in both the commercial and defense industries. He most recently served as President of the Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) business at the former Raytheon Company, now part of Raytheon Technologies after the merger with United Technologies Corporation in April 2020. Under Mr. Wajsgras’ leadership, IIS drove digital transformation by challenging traditional defense industry software development tools, culture, and process standards through the implementation of commercial software best practices. Mr. Wajsgras was named to Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 list of top government contracting leaders for the past six years. He was also selected as WashingtonExec’s Intel Industry Executive of the Year in 2019 and Federal Computer Week’s Industry Eagle award winner in 2018. Previously, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer at Raytheon and directed the company’s overall financial strategy.

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