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Senior Management

Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer

Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer, President & CEO

Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer became President and CEO of Battelle on October 1, 2017. Lou began his technology career with AT&T Bell Laboratories, spent a number of years at General Dynamics, then joined Leidos, Inc. as President of the company’s National Security Sector. Before joining Battelle, Lou served as CEO of DynCorp International. Lou holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University.

He serves as board chair of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, co-chair for UT-Battelle (operator of Oak Ridge National Laboratory), and on the boards of the Defense Science Board, the National Defense Industrial Association, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, National Veterans Memorial and Museum and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). Lou is a member of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees where he serves on three committees: Audit and Compliance, Finance, and the Talent and Compensation Committee. He also serves as a trustee of the Kansas State University Foundation. He also is a member of the Ohio Business Roundtable and the Columbus Partnership Executive Committee.

Russell Austin

Russell Austin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Battelle Board of Directors

Russell Austin is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Battelle Board of Directors. Russ, who joined Battelle in 2001, was formerly a partner in the Columbus office of Arter & Hadden, where he was a member of the Corporate and Securities Law Practice Group. Prior to joining Arter & Hadden, Russ was a partner with the Columbus law firm of Schwartz, Kelm, Warren & Rubenstein, where he practiced corporate and securities law. Russ earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.

Edward Grecco

Edward Grecco, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Ed Grecco joined Battelle as Chief Financial Officer in 2018. He came to Battelle from General Dynamics, where he served in leadership roles of increasing responsibilities after joining the company in 2001. Most recently, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Ordnance & Tactical Systems division. Prior to that, Ed was Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for two other large General Dynamics businesses, Advanced Information Systems and General Dynamics UK Ltd. He began his tenure at General Dynamics as the Finance Director and Controller in the Advanced Information Systems division. Ed holds double comprehensive bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and passed the Certified Public Accountants Exam in 1989.

Patrick Jarvis

Patrick Jarvis, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Patrick Jarvis is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. He is responsible for setting and implementing a cohesive strategy to drive growth across Battelle’s businesses by earning thought leadership and customer loyalty and engaging Battelle’s 20,000 employees around the world. Prior to joining Battelle, Patrick worked for General Electric where he held a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities at GE Healthcare, GE Transportation and GE Global Research. His team leads Battelle’s marketing communications, branding, employee communications, media relations, and community affairs activities. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Aimee Kennedy

Aimee Kennedy, Senior Vice President for Education, STEM Learning and Philanthropy

Aimee Kennedy is Senior Vice President, Education, STEM and Philanthropy. She directs Battelle’s efforts to foster innovative educational environments that prepare students for tomorrow’s careers and colleges. These efforts include the Metro Schools, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, and the national STEMx network. She also manages Battelle’s role as lead for the Army Educational Outreach Program. Before joining Battelle, Aimee was the Chief Administrative Officer for Metro Early College. She first joined the school in 2007 as a classroom teacher. Aimee holds a bachelor’s degree from Malone College in Communications, a master’s degree in Education from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. in Education Administration from The Ohio State University. She chairs the NASA Advisory Council STEM Engagement Committee and serves in an advisory capacity for The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. Aimee also serves on the boards of Battelle for Kids, KIPP Columbus, COSI (Columbus’s Center of Science and Industry) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

Malesa Litteral

Malesa Litteral, Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Malesa Litteral is Senior Vice President of Human Resources. She is responsible for the development of HR strategy, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, employee and leadership development, succession management, organizational effectiveness and diversity and inclusion. Prior to this role, Malesa served as the Vice President of Benefits and the Sr. ERISA attorney for Battelle. Before joining Battelle in 1999, Malesa practiced employment and ERISA law at Baker & Hostetler and served as a Senior Consultant in the Human Resources Consulting Group at Coopers & Lybrand. Malesa has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Phi Beta Kappa, from Ohio Wesleyan University, her Juris Doctorate from Capital University, Order of the Curia, and a Graduate Level Certificate from the Institute for Employee Benefits Training at Wharton.

Ron Townsend

Ron Townsend, Executive Vice President of Global Laboratory Operations

Ron Townsend is Executive Vice President of Global Laboratory Operations, a position he has held since 2009. He oversees Battelle’s role in the management of eight laboratories: six national laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy, one laboratory for the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Battelle, Ron served as the President of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and as Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Ron earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Kansas State University and completed his doctoral degree in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Matt Vaughan

Matt Vaughan, Senior Vice President of Contract Research

Matt Vaughan joined Battelle in 2017 and is President of Contract Research. Matt comes to Battelle from Leidos, Inc. where he most recently served as one of the Senior Vice Presidents within the Health business, and was responsible for growing the company's health products and solutions. In his six years with Leidos, Matt also held senior management positions with the company’s Integrated Systems Group, the Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, and the company’s Government Affairs practice. Prior to Leidos, Matt spent 13 years with BAE (Sanders) Systems in program management and government affairs roles. He began his professional career as a legislative assistant and legislative director for former United States Congressman Charles Bass.

David White

David White, Chief Information Officer

David White has held the position of Chief Information Officer since February 2012. He and his team are responsible for strategically aligning and advancing corporate application development, infrastructure platforms and development initiatives across the enterprise. A key component of this position entails leveraging new and emerging trends and concepts to more cost effectively provide business solutions. David has held various executive-level positions with the state of Ohio including Executive Program Manager of the Ohio Administrative Knowledge System, Director of State Accounting within the Office of Budget and Management and Director of Revenue Management within the State of Ohio Treasury. He is a member of the CIO Advisory Board for, the advisory board of the Columbus African American Leadership Academy and a member of the COSI Community Board. David attended the Ohio State University where he studied electrical engineering, Columbus State Community College receiving a degree in business administration and Franklin University receiving a degree in computer management.