Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has announced the appointment of Michael Atcheson as President of Comtech's Command and Control Technologies group. Comtech's Command and Control Technologies group is part of Comtech's Government Solutions segment which serves large U.S. and foreign government end-users that require mission critical technologies and systems.
"We are delighted to welcome Col. Atcheson to the Company," said Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. "In addition to his demonstrated leadership throughout his military and civilian careers, Col. Atcheson's extensive experience and education in command and control technologies will serve our customers and the Company well."
"I am excited to be joining the Comtech team," said Col. Atcheson. "Comtech has a strong legacy of delivering high-performance and highly secure solutions to government agencies around the world. I look forward to working with my colleagues in executing my new responsibilities and providing the next generation of advanced communication solutions."
Col. Atcheson succeeds Richard Burt, Senior Vice President of Comtech and President of Comtech Systems, Inc. who was acting President and who successfully completed the integration of Comtech's legacy Mobile Data Communications group with the Command and Control Technologies group of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc., which Comtech acquired last year. Mr. Burt, will continue in his roles as Senior Vice President of Comtech and President of Comtech Systems, Inc. and focus on a number of large troposcatter system opportunities that we believe will result in meaningful order flow in future periods.
Mr. Kornberg added, "I want to thank Mr. Burt for his stewardship for the past six months. It was a job well done."
Col. Atcheson joins Comtech with more than 25 years of military and civilian contractor experience. He has served in the active duty U.S. Marine Corps from 1991 to 2001 and has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve since, rising to the rank of Colonel. Col. Atcheson also spent the past 14 years at Northrop Grumman, leading the deployment of complex high-tech defense systems with increasing levels of responsibility for U.S. government and international businesses.
Col. Atcheson graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in business. He has completed training in nearly a dozen military education programs, including the Command & Staff Reserve Program and the Marine Corps Logistics Education Program. He has been awarded numerous military honors throughout his service.
Mr. Burt has had a distinguished career at Comtech and has been a Senior Vice President of Comtech since 1998 and has served as President of Comtech Systems, Inc. since 1989. Prior to that, Mr. Burt served as Vice President of Comtech Systems, Inc. since its founding in 1984. Mr. Burt first joined Comtech in 1979.