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Senior Executive Service Announcements

July 15, 2015

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointments:

Arsenio T. Gumahad II, has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service and is assigned as the deputy director, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Washington, District of Columbia. Gumahad previously served as the chief executive officer, IC Vets Inc., Manassas, Virginia.

Dr. Wendin Smith has been appointed as the deputy assistant secretary of defense, countering weapons of mass destruction, Washington, District of Columbia. Smith previously served as vice president, strategic development, Scitor Corp., Reston, Virginia.

Christopher Maier has been appointed as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism, Washington, District of Columbia. Maier previously served as senior advisor to the director, National Counterterrorism Center, McLean, Virginia.

Andrew Exum has been appointed as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy, Washington, District of Columbia. Exum previously served as a management consultant, The Boston Consulting Group, Bethesda, Maryland.

Aaron Hughes has been appointed as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, Washington, District of Columbia. Hughes previously served as vice president, intelligence community support, In-Q-Tel, Arlington, Virginia.

Abraham Denmark has been appointed as the deputy assistant secretary of defense, East Asia, Washington, District of Columbia. Denmark previously served as senior vice president, political and security affairs, National Bureau of Asian Research, Washington, District of Columbia.

Maura C. Sullivan has been appointed as the assistant to the secretary of defense, public affairs, Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. Sullivan previously served as the assistant secretary, public and intergovernmental affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, District of Columbia.