Army acquisition product directors selected in first-ever board

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By Tara Clements and Jack Kendall

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Feb. 26, 2015)—Fourteen candidates from the Army Acquisition Corps were selected from the first-ever product director centralized selection board held Dec. 4-5, 2014, at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

A talent management board of directors met Feb. 6 to approve the positions for the newly-selected product directors. Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, Army director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), presided over the board consisting of Mr. Craig A. Spisak, deputy Army DACM and the 12 program executive officers.

The board approved 10 product director positions to be filled this summer.

The civilian-only centrally selected product director board is one of Williamson’s first major talent management initiatives, providing an opportunity to select high-performing civilians with leadership potential.

“My goal is to create a pool of the right people with the right skills for the right jobs,” said Williamson in a recent video highlighting what talent management means to the Army acquisition workforce.

The standard tenure for these acquisition product directors is three years. The Army DACM Office, in coordination with the PEOs, will centrally manage the positions.

This year’s product director board is the Army DACM’s first effort to provide additional development and growth opportunities for high-performing civilians while building a larger talent pool for future senior leader requirements.

The next product director centralized selection board is tentatively scheduled for October. Additional information regarding the product director policy is available on the Army DACM website.

FY15 Product Director Selections

Paul Boak
Michael Bruno
Anthony Budzichowski
Kevin Coggins
Jeremy Hiers
Robert Long
Matthew Maier
Mark McCoy
George Mitchell
Wolfgang Petermann
James Pruitt
Brian Raftery
Michael Switzer
Michael Wills

FY15 Product Director Assignment/Slate

Paul Boak, product director, Mounted Maneuver Support, PEO Ground Combat Systems, Warren, Michigan

Anthony Budzichowski, product director, Joint Biological Tactical Detection System, Joint PEO Chemical and Biological Defense, Aberdeen, Maryland

Jeremy Hiers, product director, Aviation Networks & Mission Planning, PEO Aviation, Redstone, Alabama

Robert Long, product director, Fixed Wing Special Electronic Mission Aircraft, PEO Aviation, Redstone, Alabama

Matthew Maier, product director, Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care, PEO Enterprise Information Systems, Fort Detrick, Maryland

George Mitchell, product director, Test, Measurement & Diagnostic Equipment, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support, Redstone, Alabama

James Pruitt, product director, Lethal Miniature Aerial Munitions System, PEO Missiles & Space, Redstone, Alabama

Brian Raftery, product director, Army Human Resources Systems, PEO Enterprise Information Systems, Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Michael Switzer, product director, Cargo Helicopter International Program, PEO Aviation, Redstone, Alabama

Michael Wills, product director, Long Range Precision Fires, PEO Missiles & Space, Redstone, Alabama


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