Leadership

Julian M. Setian - President and Chief Executive Officer

Julian 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.

John Avalos - Chief Operating Officer

John 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 M. Crowell - Chief Financial Officer

Bruce 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.

Pandora A. Setian - Chief Administrative Officer

Pandora 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.

Michael Haney - Chief Information Officer

Michael Haney

Chief Information Officer

Mr. Haney is a veteran technology leader in the aerospace, defense and government services industry with nearly 30 years of experience. He directed IT design, development, maintenance, and support at Booz Allen Hamilton since 2008. He most recently served as Booz Allen Hamilton’s Senior Director of Enterprise Systems Delivery, where he led a team of more than 150 personnel and led the building and development of systems ranging from integrated commercial off-the-shelf products to custom applications. He was a key senior member of the team repeatedly qualifying Booz Allen Hamilton as one of the “Best Places to Work in IT” according to Computerworld magazine.

Frank G. Helmick - Senior Vice President for Mission Solutions Group

Frank 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.

Kevin Bearden - Vice President for Software Solutions Group

Kevin Bearden

Senior Vice President for Software Solutions Group

Before joining SOSi, Mr. Bearden was Vice President of the Foreign Affairs, Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) & Immigration & Refugee Services group within General Dynamics IT’s Health & Civilian Solutions Division. Prior to that, he served as a Principal Consultant in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Cyber Security Center of Excellence and SRA Inc.’s Senior Director of Cyber Network Operations at the DoS Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

Early in his career, he served as Computer Science Corporation’s (CSC) Senior Director of EPA’s National Environmental Science & High-Performance Computing Center. Mr. Bearden was also a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army Signal Corps.

Joe Nicholas - Senior Vice President for Cybersecurity Solutions Group

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.

Ed Bachl

Senior Vice President for Intelligence Solutions Group

Ed Bachl joined SOSi in 2019, bringing more than 30 years of experience, most recently as CEO of Vykin Corporation, an information technology and operational intelligence company.

Mr. Bachl has extensive defense leadership and management experience and has served in various operational and strategic roles from the national agency to the tactical level. At Vykin, Mr. Bachl led day-to-day operations for the delivery of NATO, Coalition and Bi-lateral Intelligence, and IT services in support of U.S. and Allied units throughout Europe and the Middle East. He has served in leadership and management roles supporting the U.S. Air Force, U.S. European Command (EUCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM).

Mr. Bachl is a retired military officer and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication science and a master’s degree in human resource management.

Mike Franz - Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations

Mike 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.

Janet Waldron - Vice President for Human Resources

Janet 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.

Robert George - Vice President for Corporate Development

Robert 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.

Kevin Henderson Senior Vice President for Corporate Growth

Kevin Henderson

Senior Vice President for Corporate Growth

Mr. Henderson formerly was the Vice President of Business Development at BAE Systems Inc. and brings almost two decades of relevant experience in business development, corporate strategy, and profit and loss management across defense and intelligence markets.

He comes from the intelligence and security sector of BAE Systems, where he spent over a decade holding various roles within the company.  In his most recent capacity, Mr. Henderson led business development for a half billion dollar business area, dedicated to providing services and technology for their intelligence community portfolio.  He is an alumnus of the Virginia Military Institute, as well as the Global Executive Leadership Program at Yale School of Management.

Helle Huxley Vice President for Marketing & Communications

Helle Huxley

Vice President for Marketing & Communications

With more than 25 years of experience across diverse business sectors, Ms. Huxley joins SOSi from her most recent position as Chief Marketing Officer at Cadmus, a technical and scientific consultancy. Before Cadmus, she was the Chief Marketing Officer at Aquilent, a digital and cloud services provider to the federal government, which was acquired by Booz Allen Hamilton in 2017, and Vice President of Marketing at Deltek GovWin. Ms. Huxley also served previously as a creative executive at both Warner Bros Television and Sony/ATV Music Publishing and is on the Board of Directors of STEM for Her.