X3M Systems Names Bob Smith as COO

X3M Systems reported the appointment of Bob Smith as its chief operating officer (COO).

According to a media release, Smith brings nearly 40 years' experience in technical, mission-focused service delivery to the federal government. He will be responsible for establishing and managing an operational environment for an emerging 8(a) organization.

"We are extremely excited and honored to welcome Bob as X3M Systems new COO," said Ehsan Bozorgi, X3M's CEO. "His extraordinary success in assisting young companies like ours to rapidly realize their potential with innovation, honesty, and hard work perfectly fits our culture and our vision."

Prior to joining X3M, Smith was chief operating officer of the Information and Technical Solutions operating group at ASRC Federal where he was responsible for multiple subsidiaries supporting both civil and DoD agencies. Previously, he oversaw rapid growth as president of InuTeq, a subsidiary in the ASRC Federal family, from its inception in the 8(a) program. Overall, Smith was instrumental in capturing and executing a portfolio of more than $1B in contract value during his tenure with ASRC Federal.

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