Leidos Holdings Inc., a technology and sciences company, named Michael E. Leiter executive vice president of business development and strategy on Monday.
Leiter will play a large role in dealing with government affairs and facilitate mergers and acquisitions.
"We're excited to welcome Michael to the Leidos team," CEO Roger Krone said. "He brings an impressive background and strong track record of strategic, operational and industry expertise to Leidos. He will add significant leadership bench strength to our management team and will help our business development efforts build momentum moving forward."
Leiter most recently worked at Palantir Technologies as a counselor to the CEO. Until 2011, he also served as the director of the National Counterterrorism Center after being nominated for the position by President George W. Bush in 2008 and continuing in the role under the Obama administration. He also was deputy chief of staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
"He has demonstrated his ability to develop and lead critical organizations in both the government, intelligence and commercial spaces," Krone said. "His in depth industry knowledge and passion for the work that we do will help us continue to increase our strategic focus and ultimately better serve our customers."