iDirect Government Appoints Diverse, Tech-Immersed Experts to 2022 Board
iDirect Government (iDirectGov), a satellite communications provider for the military and government, is starting the new year with new board members. Experienced technology, defense and industry leaders David Aronoff, Jill Kale and Mitch Herbets will join iDirectGov’s board of directors, who will advise the company as it enters its 15and year.
“The addition of these new members to the Board of Directors marks an important step for the advancement of iDirectGov as it adds strategic and diverse expertise to our Board of Directors in the areas of technology and operations”, noted John Ratigan, President of iDirect Government. “We welcome the three board members and look forward to their guidance as we continue to execute our strategic plan and drive growth.”
The diverse skills and knowledge of the board members will be invaluable as iDirectGov expands its product portfolio and grows as a business.
Aronoff is an experienced board member and venture capital managing partner. He is a successful technology entrepreneur and recognized expert in SaaS, cloud, cybersecurity and enterprise software, including defense and telecommunications markets. He has served on more than 25 technology company boards, providing expertise on product and competitive strategy, risk, human resources, environment, social and governance (ESG), among other criteria. Since 2015, Aronoff has served as a director on the board of Draper Laboratory, Inc., which has annual revenues of $625 million. Aronoff is a trustee on the board of the University of Vermont, the board of directors of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and a member of the advisory board of the Global Cyber Institute.
Kale brings a distinctive and impressive track record of business growth and financial results to the iDirectGov Board, having served in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as Sector President of the Acquisition and sale (A&D) of $800 million Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES). At Cobham, she contributed to double-digit growth and led the company’s largest portfolio. She has experience managing a business operating under a US government’s Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) Mitigation Agreement and has built strong relationships within of the Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency at different levels. She has led large and complex portfolios and held senior roles at Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.
Herbets’ experience includes serving as chairman and outside director of companies operating under US government FOCI mitigation agreements. In all cases, he actively provides advice and guidance on all matters to senior management as well as establishes and manages corporate governance. He has worked with Thales Defense & Security, Inc., Photonis Defense, Inc., Orolia Defense & Security and Wireless Telecom Group. He is a member of the advisory boards of Lehigh University Engineering College and its Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a retired Army veteran who served as a Captain in the United States Army Signal Corps.
“As we welcome our new Board members, we deeply and wholeheartedly appreciate the expert guidance and leadership of our outgoing Board members throughout their tenure,” noted Ratigan. “The well-defined business backgrounds of our new board members are a good fit with our business, and their strong corporate governance credentials will enhance our vision for iDirectGov as we celebrate 15 years in business and enter in this new year which will bring new rewards and opportunities.”