QinetiQ Group plc, the international defence and security technology company, is pleased to announce the appointment of retired Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr as an independent non-executive director to the QinetiQ Board with effect from 1 February 2008.
Admiral Giambastiani is replacing Mr George Tenet who is stepping down from the Board of QinetiQ Group plc and joining the Board of QinetiQ North America following his appointment as Managing Director of Allen and Company LLC in New York City.
Between 2005 and 2007 Admiral Giambastiani was the second highest ranking military officer in the United States, serving as the seventh Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This assignment was the culmination of a 37 year career in the US Navy that included both demanding at-sea appointments principally as a submariner and the development of new technologies.
"It is excellent news for the QinetiQ Group that Ed Giambastiani has agreed to join the Board and that George Tenet will continue to contribute his unique insight to the rapid development of QinetiQ North America," commented Sir John Chisholm, Chairman of QinetiQ. "The retention of two distinguished and experienced executives will be extremely beneficial to the development of our company."
In addition to his appointment as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Giambastiani's distinguished naval career included assignments as Special Assistant to the CIA's Deputy Director for Intelligence, Senior Military Assistant to the US Defense Secretary and Commander, US Joint Forces Command. He also served as NATO's first Supreme Allied Commander Transformation where he led the transformation of the military alliance. Admiral Giambastiani currently serves as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors for Alenia North America, Inc. and as a non-executive director of SRA International, Inc.
Commenting on his appointment Admiral Giambastiani said: "I am very enthusiastic about working with QinetiQ, a company which is growing rapidly both in the United States and elsewhere. QinetiQ is at the forefront of developing new technologies and I am keen to bring my experience to bear to ensure that military forces are suitably equipped both now and in the future."