Chief Executive Officer and President of VSE Corporation
John was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of VSE Corporation in April of 2019. John brings 20 years of experience in the aerospace distribution and services market industry.
John previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Boeing Distribution Services Inc. Prior to Boeing's 2018 acquisition of the Aerospace Solutions Group of KLX Inc., John served as its Vice President and General Manager, Consumables Management business beginning in July 2014. From April 2000 to 2014, John served in multiple roles and functions at B/E Aerospace (which was the parent company of KLX, Inc. until 2014), including Vice President & General Manager and Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing & Business Development. Prior to joining B/E Aerospace, John served as an attorney at a large multi-national law firm practicing commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and litigation.
He has a Bachelor of Science in International Business, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Stephen Griffin serves VSE as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Steve is responsible for VSE’s finance, accounting, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, tax and treasury functions. Steve brings more than a decade of experience in senior finance leadership roles with GE, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Engine Services at GE Aviation. In this role, Griffin led the financial organization for a $15 billion engine overhaul, repair and parts sales division, which included commercial pricing, contract restructuring and financial reporting. Earlier in his career, Griffin served as the CFO for GE Aviation’s Supply Chain Division, a role in which he led a team focused on product cost, sourcing, cash management and capital expenditures. While at GE, Griffin also served as a board member for multiple global joint ventures. Steve received his B.S. in Accounting from Boston College.
President and COO, Wheeler Fleet Solutions
Chad Wheeler was appointed President and COO of Wheeler Fleet Solutions, in July 2013. He is involved in the executive management of day-to-day operations, government contract administration, new business development, supply chain initiatives and facilities management. He serves as a member of the operational board for Wheeler Fleet Solutions, and has played an active role in the company since 1991.
Previously, Chad assumed various roles at Wheeler Fleet Solutions, including Senior Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Marketing and Sales Manager. While serving as Marketing and Sales Manager, Chad coordinated implementation of Wheeler Fleet Solutions' MIP (Managed Inventory Program) which is used at over 275 United States Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facilities throughout the country. Chad graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1998 with a degree in Marketing.
President, Federal & Defense Services
Rob Moore is the President of VSE Federal & Defense Services. Rob has over 25 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry. He has extensive leadership and experience working with DoD and Federal Agencies in providing Engineering, Logistics, and Sustainment solutions worldwide.
Prior to joining the VSE team, Rob held the position of Chief Business Development Officer for S&K Technologies. Rob has also held senior level positions at some of the world largest and most respected Defense companies such as DynCorp, PAE, BAE Systems, and ARINC. He also served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Rob earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma City University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College.
President, VSE Aviation, Inc.
Ben Thomas is the President of VSE Aviation, Inc. and its MRO subsidiaries, 1st Choice Aerospace and Kansas Aviation. Mr. Thomas is responsible for the strategic oversight of the MRO services and product distribution businesses, as well as sourcing, customer relationships, capital allocation and acquisitions. Previously, Mr. Thomas managed aftermarket growth strategies in the aerospace consumables market for Boeing Global Services and KLX Aerospace Solutions. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California.
Chief of Staff and Corporate Vice President of Strategy
Elizabeth Huggins joined VSE as Chief of Staff and Corporate Vice President of Strategy in 2019. In this role, Elizabeth leads a number of initiatives within VSE including strategic planning, marketing and communications, supporting the business units’ development and growth initiatives and cultural development. She works interactively with all functions and business units supporting strategic growth plans for the business.
Elizabeth co-founded The Trivista Group, LLC (2003) and as Managing Partner, she focused on driving profitable business growth for global aerospace companies, leading 10+ business integrations, two company name changes, strategic planning, and customer and supplier development programs.
Elizabeth received her M.B.A from Wake Forest University as a full merit Dean’s Scholar. Elizabeth received her B.A. with Magna Cum Laude distinction from the University of Richmond, VA as an inductee to the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society and Golden Key National Honor Society.
Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
Tom Kiernan was appointed Vice President and General Counsel in November 2008 and subsequently appointed Secretary in February 2009. As the company’s principal legal adviser, Tom oversees all legal affairs of VSE and our operating subsidiaries, including providing counsel to management, overseeing legal and regulatory compliance, negotiating agreements, and managing litigation matters. As corporate secretary, Tom coordinates all Board of Directors and related committee meetings and is responsible for overseeing corporate governance compliance.
Prior to joining VSE, Tom served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for Intelsat General Corporation (2003-2008), a subsidiary of Intelsat, Ltd., serving Government and commercial customers, where he was responsible for managing legal and regulatory compliance and directing the Administration support group, including human resources, security, and contracts. Prior to joining Intelsat General Corporation, Tom served as a member of the Intelsat, Ltd., Office of General Counsel (2000-2003).
Tom is a graduate of Virginia Tech (B.A., Political Science) and George Mason University School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and an active member of the Alexandria, VA community.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Krista Stafford joined VSE Corporation as the Chief Human Resources Officer in January 2020. She specializes in organizational development, culture transformation, executive compensation, organizational design and employee engagement. She has broad expertise in company-wide human resources initiatives that drive business results through people.
Krista was previously the Vice President, Human Resources at Boeing Distribution Services, a subsidiary of the Boeing Corporation. She has more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources, Learning and Organizational Development. Prior to joining the aerospace industry, Krista spent over 20 years in the restaurant industry both running operations with P&L responsibility and serving in a human resource and training capacity. She has a Master of Science degree in Human Resource and Organization Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel/Restaurant Institutional Management from Johnson & Wales University.
Chief Information Officer
Matt Mullenix was appointed VSE’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) in August 2015 and subsequently appointed Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in December 2016. He is responsible for leading VSE’s corporate-wide technology strategy, IT operations, applications development, information assurance, and service desk operations. Prior to VSE, Matt held customer-facing roles with VSE and VSE Subsidiary Akimeka LLC, supporting U.S. Department of Defense agencies where his team specialized in health information technology deployment, operations and support of systems utilized in operations worldwide.
Prior to joining VSE in 2005, Matt worked in the System Engineers group at the Maui High Performance Computing Center. His IT background includes extensive experience in Networking, Storage, Server, Virtualization, Cloud Computing and High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies. Matt is a graduate of Devry University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management.