Lou Von Thaer: CEO of the Year 2020 finalist

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Lou Von Thaer, President and CEO of Battelle

Large nonprofit finalist: Lou Von Thaer, President and CEO, Battelle

Lou Von Thaer was appointed president and CEO of Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development organization, in October 2017. Formed in 1925 as a charitable trust and headquartered in Columbus with annual revenue of about $5 billion and 1,600 local employees, Battelle delivers technology solutions for the national security, health care, energy and environmental markets. Von Thaer previously was CEO of DynCorp. International, president of the national security sector at Leidos Inc. and president of advanced information systems at General Dynamics. He is board chair of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; co-chair for UT-Battelle, operator of Oak Ridge National Laboratory; member of the Defense Science Board; and board member for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He also is a member of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees. Von Thaer holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University.

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