fetters_150211_0768-2.jpgJulian M. Setian
President and Chief Executive Officer

Julian M. Setian has worked as an entrepreneur and senior executive in the defense and government services sector for more than two decades. He joined SOS International LLC (SOSi), a company founded by his mother, in 1995 and has served as its President and CEO since 2001. 

During SOSi’s early years, Mr. Setian directly managed numerous large programs for the national security and intelligence community. He has since grown the company into one of the largest private, family-owned and operated firms in the defense and aerospace industry – a global enterprise of nearly 1,000 full-time employees, specializing in military logistics, intelligence analysis, agile software development, and cyber security.

Mr. Setian earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University. He serves on both the board of directors and executive committee of the Professional Services Council (PSC), and on the executive committee of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).  He is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). He has also been nominated twice for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Mid-Atlantic region and three times for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Executive of the Year Award.

Under Mr. Setian’s direction and leadership, SOSi supports a wide range of non-profit and civic organizations, including the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Reston Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstones, International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) and Dog Tag, Inc. 

170822_John_Avalos_Comp_8.jpgJohn Avalos
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Avalos joined SOSi in 2017 to lead day-to-day operations for the company. He brings more than 20 years of experience, most recently with Booz Allen Hamilton where he led the Business Development organization for the firm.

Previously, Mr. Avalos was a Vice President within the BAE Systems Intelligence and Security Sector and also served as an executive officer, program manager and senior intelligence analyst for multiple defense and intelligence organizations.

Prior to his business career, Mr. Avalos served in the U.S. Army conducting intelligence operations and supporting national level intelligence agencies with tactical and strategic intelligence analysis.  

Mr. Avalos earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Excelsior College and is completing his master’s degree in management at Marymount University.

bruce_crowell.jpgBruce M. Crowell
Chief Financial Officer

Bruce M. Crowell has more than 35 years of leadership experience in the defense and technology sectors. He joined SOSi in 2003, and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Crowell served as CFO for several companies in the defense, aerospace and telecommunications software sectors. He began his career at United Technologies Corporation, where he spent 13 years in positions of progressive responsibility in financial management.

His diverse background also includes experience in capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, information technology management, financial and manufacturing systems, strategic and operational planning, treasury, human resources management, legal oversight, and corporate governance.

Mr. Crowell is a member of Financial Executives International, the premiere professional organization for CFOs, controllers and treasurers.

Mr. Crowell earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.

fetters_150211_0382.jpgPandora A. Setian
Chief Administrative Officer

Pandora A. Setian has more than 25 years of experience in the banking and defense contracting industries. She joined SOSi in 2009, and serves as Chief Administrative Officer.

Ms. Setian oversees the Human Resources, Information Technology, Procurement and Security departments, where she handles risk management, operational efficiency, policy development, corporate compliance, and strategic planning.

Before joining SOSi, Ms. Setian worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and predecessor institutions for over 20 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility in private banking, investment banking and corporate treasury. While at JPMorgan, Ms. Setian led high-visibility risk management projects, structured and negotiated complex syndicated financing transactions, and managed relationships with clients, attorneys, government regulators and credit rating agencies.

Ms. Setian earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Barnard College at Columbia University, and a master’s degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

brian_geoghegan.jpgBrian Geoghegan
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Brian Geoghegan joined SOSi in 2014 with more than 20 years of legal experience. He is responsible for providing legal advice, risk analysis and negotiations in support of all corporate objectives.

Prior to joining SOSi, he co-founded Reality Mobile, LLC, a venture-backed enterprise software company supporting U.S. Government and commercial customers. Among his roles there, he served as a director, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel. 

Previously, he was a vice president at PSINet Inc. and a corporate associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities regulation, and corporate governance matters. Mr. Geoghegan began his career on Capitol Hill, rising from volunteer intern to head of Congressman Lee Hamilton’s Washington office.

Mr. Geoghegan earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and his juris doctorate degree from the University of Virginia.

fetters_150211_0527 B.jpgFrank G. Helmick
Senior Vice President for Mission Solutions Group

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Frank Helmick joined SOSi in 2012 after a distinguished 36-year military career in the U.S. Army. LTG Helmick serves as Senior Vice President for SOSi’s Mission Solutions Group.

LTG Helmick was the Commanding General of America’s only Airborne Corps (the XVIII Airborne Corps) and the nation’s largest military installation – Fort Bragg. He also served as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations with United States Forces – Iraq, and commanded the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq and the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) Training Mission – Iraq.

Additionally, LTG Helmick was Assistant Division Commander, Operations, for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) when troops under his command successfully ended the hunt for Uday and Qusay Hussein.

LTG Helmick earned a bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a master’s degree in management and organizational behavior studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. He currently serves on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s National Security Advisory Council and the International Stability Operations Association’s Advisory Council.

_DSC5974a SM.jpgStephen Iwicki
Senior Vice President for Intelligence Solutions Group

Stephen Iwicki joined SOSi in 2016 after more than 30 years in leadership roles with the U.S. Army and the private sector. He serves as Senior Vice President for Intelligence Solutions.

Before joining SOSi, Mr. Iwicki was the founder and director of Blue Water Advisory Services, LLC, which provided consulting services across the DoD and Intelligence Community. He previously served as a vice president in the Defense and Military Intelligence Sectors of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), and as a vice president at SAIC/Leidos.

In 2005, Mr. Iwicki completed a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, including assignments such as Director, Army Intelligence Transformation within the Army G2; Senior Intelligence Officer (SIO), White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); and various operational/combat positions.

Mr. Iwicki earned a bachelor's degree in decision sciences and computers from Rider University and a master's degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University.

_DSC5966a SM.jpgMike Franz
Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations

Mike Franz joined SOSi in 2015, bringing a consistent record of success over more than 25 years in business development, revenue capture management, procurement, finance, operations, and executive management. He serves as Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations.

In 2013, Mr. Franz was appointed division manager at Leidos, where he led an organization that provided advanced technology solutions, database structuring, systems architecture, and post-deployment support services.

With SAIC, he served as vice president and deputy division manager, where he was part of a team that grew revenue across programs that provided intelligence IT and operations & maintenance supporting multiple Army contracts.

Mr. Franz previously served in progressive roles at his family’s business, Preferred Equipment, Inc., as vice president, operations manager, controller, and procurement manager. 

Mr. Franz earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Bryant University.  

_DSC5956a SM.jpgJanet Waldron
Vice President for Human Resources

Janet Waldron was named SOSi’s Vice President for Human Resources in 2017, coming here with more than 15 years of progressive human resources and benefits experience. She leads SOSi’s human resources, benefits and training team, which supports the company’s employees around the world.

Ms. Waldron joined SOSi from Chenega Corporation, a large federal government contractor, where she served as the senior director of human resources. Ms. Waldron also led corporate strategy development, benefits program design, government contracts compliance and auditing, and training program development and implementation.

Previously, Ms. Waldron served as the director of human resources for The Tatitlek Corporation, Human Resources Manager for CH2M Hill, and director of human resources for Harbor Enterprises Inc./North 60 Petroleum.

Ms. Waldron earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from the University of Alaska, with a focus in human resources management and communication. She competed in the 1990 NCAA Rifle Championships for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Bob G.jpgRobert George
Vice President for Corporate Development

Robert George joined SOSi in 2016 as Vice President for Corporate Development. He brings 30 years of experience, including leadership roles in more than 25 buy/sell and financing transactions in all major regions of the world.

Before joining SOSi, Mr. George was director of corporate development at Exelis, a $3.5 billion defense electronics, systems, and services company where he was responsible for executing the company’s acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. George also worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), most recently serving as the director of corporate development.

Previously, Mr. George spent five years as vice president, controller, chief accounting officer and corporate development director at OAO Technology Solutions Inc. and 11 years with the accounting firms Aronson & Company and Ernst & Young LLP.

Mr. George holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park and passed the CPA exam in 1988.

michele-cook SM.jpgMichele M. Cook
Senior Vice President for Business Development

Michele M. Cook has more than 20 years of business development experience in the defense and intelligence community markets. She joined SOSi from KEYW Corporation, where she served as the Executive Vice President for Business Development through its recent acquisition of Sotera Defense Solutions.

Prior to joining KEYW Corporation, Cook served as a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, Vice President for Business Development at Six3 Systems, and Executive Director for Business Development in CACI International’s intelligence services business unit.

Ms. Cook holds a liberal arts degree in international studies from Chapman University in Orange, CA.


Katharine Murphy
Senior Vice President for Software Solutions Group

Katharine Murphy brings twenty-five years of experience across a broad range of customers to include USAID, DOJ, DHS, DARPA, as well as state/local customers. She has extensive experience in managing businesses focused on delivering total solutions and systems to government customers predominantly in the information technology, knowledge management, and operational support areas.

Ms. Murphy held several positions with General Dynamics Advanced Information Solutions where she led software, systems and solutions development and delivery for very complex systems in the homeland security, defense and national law enforcement missions. She earned an M.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University and a B.S.E. in Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University.


Joe Nicholas
Senior Vice President for Cybersecurity Solutions Group

From 1988 to 2012, he held a range of technology-oriented management roles with Northrop Grumman and TASC. As Director of the SIGINT Systems Operating Unit from 2009 to 2012, Mr. Nicholas oversaw significant new business growth, including the establishment of a $170M defense and intelligence organization supporting the US national security community.

From 2005 to 2009 he was Director of the Operations and Technology Solutions Division, overseeing the successful capture and delivery of over $250M of new business. As Director of the Community Architecture and Integration Division from 1997 to 2005, he built an intelligence services business, which included obtaining a $100M systems engineering support contract.


Paul Rempfer
Senior Vice President for Technology Innovation

Mr. Rempfer brings more than 20 years of executive experience, having led business development organizations that have captured over $2 billion in contracts across cybersecurity, intelligence, and critical infrastructure domains. Mr. Rempfer has experience driving strong growth across both new and established enterprises, and he possesses the industry relationships, insights and know-how to help expand strategic opportunities, build partnerships, and advance its corporate growth agenda.


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