June 4, 2019
Centauri Announces New President and COO
Dennis Kelly Jr. will provide strategic leadership as company completes rebrand and eyes growth opportunities
CHANTILLY, Virginia, May 30, 2019 – Following the company’s recent rebrand, Centauri, a leading provider of high-end engineering, intelligence, cyber security and advanced technology solutions, today announced that Dennis Kelly Jr. has been appointed as the company’s new president and chief operating officer. He will support CEO Dave Dzaran in executing the company’s strategy and vision.
Kelly joins Centauri as the new president and COO with more than 30 years of experience in the government contracting community. He has held numerous executive and operational leadership roles, including CEO, COO, business development, marketing, investor relations and corporate communications. At Centauri, Kelly will leverage his experience growing companies both organically and through strategic acquisitions and partnerships.
“Dennis is uniquely qualified to help Centauri identify strategic partners to expand our end-to-end capabilities and successfully integrate them into the organization to better meet customer mission requirements,” said Dzaran. “I look forward to working closely with Dennis to ensure Centauri continues its robust organic expansion.”
Kelly will also oversee Centauri’s talent acquisition team, with a focus on leveraging advances in mobile computing and artificial intelligence to quickly identify top talent and streamline the process to bring them into the company.
“As Centauri continues to expand, our top priority remains identifying the most qualified individuals to help our government partners achieve their mission,” said Dzaran. “Dennis’s proven track record of finding and attracting the industry’s top talent will be crucial to our company’s success in the national security market and maintaining our position as one of the most sought-after workplaces in the industry.”
In his new role, Dennis will be joined by two additional new members of the leadership team:
- Patricia Nunn, who is serving as Centauri’s senior vice president of business development. Nunn brings over 25 years of professional management experience supporting and leading teams in the information technology, engineering and logistics spaces. She is responsible for leading business development strategies that provide full-spectrum offerings to customers through complete end-to-end solutions.
- Sandy Albers, who is the new vice president of human resources at Centauri. Albers brings more than 30 years of HR experience to her new role, primarily in high-tech, government and professional consulting venues in both domestic and international business settings. She has an extensive history of implementing innovative employee-centric HR initiatives and is working to ensure employees at Centauri continue to thrive.
“With a passionate team, collaborative culture, and innovative technology and solutions, joining the Centauri team was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” said Kelly. “I look forward to supporting our customers’ mission-critical cyber, space, defense and intelligence missions by bolstering Centauri with even more talent, resources and capabilities.”
Kelly, a U.S. Navy veteran, came to Centauri from Buchanan & Edwards, Inc. where he served as president and CEO. He has held multiple high-level leadership positions throughout his career, helping companies successfully grow their business and achieve their corporate goals. He shares that expertise as an adjunct professor in the George Mason University Executive MBA program.
Centauri is a high-end engineering, intelligence, cyber security and advanced technology solutions company headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia with offices Nationwide. We work with our customers in the intelligence and national security communities, helping them solve their most difficult challenges. Our agile, mission-first approach empowers our advanced technical and operational teams to meet the real-time demands and high-impact missions of national defense agencies across land, air, sea, and space, and cyberspace.