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Suzanne M. Vautrinot and Kirkland H. Donald Elected to Battelle Board of Directors

Posted on Dec 17, 2015

Retired Air Force Major General Vautrinot Brings Leadership, Unrivaled Cyber Experience to World’s Leading, Independent Research Organization

Former Navy Admiral Donald Contributes Deep Knowledge and Keen Insight into National Security and Energy Technology

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 17, 2015)—Battelle announced today the election of two distinguished military and technical leaders to its Board of Directors. The appointments are effective immediately. Battelle, the world’s leading independent research and development organization, serves government and commercial customers in the areas of national security, energy, health and the environment.

Suzanne M. “Zan” Vautrinot currently is President of Kilovolt Consulting, Inc., a cyber security strategy and technology consulting firm in San Antonio, Texas. During her highly decorated 31-year career with the U.S. Air Force, she served in various leadership roles including as Commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber where she oversaw a large, multibillion dollar organization responsible for defending the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network.

She has been awarded numerous medals and commendations including the Defense Superior Service Medal and Distinguished Service Medal. Vautrinot holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in addition to being a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Battelle Board Chairman John Welch said, “The role of the Board of Directors is to bring perspectives from a wide variety of experiences to benefit Battelle’s long-term success. Zan’s deep roots in cyber security and strategic leadership will surely benefit this increasingly important area of Battelle’s business. We are honored to have her as our newest member.”

“Battelle has a distinguished history of scientific innovation and a legacy of helping to solve some of the world’s most difficult challenges,” Vautrinot said. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to guide its future success as a member of its Board of Directors.”

Donald was most recently President and CEO of Arlington, Virginia-based, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., an established professional services company focused on high-end analytical solutions for senior government decision makers.

“Kirk is an outstanding addition to our Board of Directors,” Welch said. “His strong technical foundation and demonstrated skills with all branches of the federal government and with international partners can contribute greatly to Battelle’s successful future.”

He is a retired four-star U.S. Navy admiral and was Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, a joint Navy and Department of Energy program solely responsible for the safe and effective employment of reactor technology on Navy ships. Donald has commanded at all levels, including leading the Navy’s 75 ship submarine force, and was awarded three Navy Distinguished Service Medals. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

Donald said, “I’m eager to join this distinguished board and to begin contributing to Battelle’s storied legacy of solving problems of great importance to the world.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome both Zan and Kirk to our Board of Directors,” said Battelle President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth. “They bring a wealth of experience and deep customer expertise that can contribute greatly to our mission.”

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit

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