(Philadelphia, PA) – McKean Defense Group, LLC today announced several key hires aimed to support the rapid growth of the company’s Navy engineering services business. Kevin Lees has joined the company as the Senior Vice President and Operations Manager for the Ship Systems & Technology operation. Joseph Sychterz has joined as the Account Manager for Fleet programs.
Mr. Lees will be managing McKean’s Warfare Center support, which includes engineering services, in-service engineering support, and technology solutions implementation for the Navy Warfare Centers. Mr. Lees most recently was a Group Senior vice President for Alion Science and Technology, responsible for managing a $152 million business base focused on the Navy and Federal sectors. Mr. Lees retired as a Commander for the U.S. Navy, serving as an Engineering Duty Officer and a Surface Warfare Officer. His last military assignment was with the Program Executive Office for Surface Combatants. Mr. Lees has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and a M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University.
Mr. Sychterz will be McKean’s Account Manager for the Fleet Market, focused on expanding the company’s pursuits in engineering services and support to Atlantic and Pacific Operating Forces. Mr. Sychterz most recently was the Aircraft Program Manager for EARL Industries, LLC. Prior to that, Mr. Sychterz had a distinguished career with the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Captain in 2006 from his assignment as Deputy of Ship Material for the Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Mr. Sychterz was the Engineering and Planning Office at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, a Deputy Regional Maintenance director, and an Engineering Department Head. During his service, Mr. Sychterz was also a Program Analyst with the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Depot Maintenance Officer for Commander Naval Submarine Forces. Mr. Sychterz as a B.S and M.S in Metallurgy form Pennsylvania State University and an E.D.S. in Education from The College of William & Mary.
McKean Defense Group, LLC is a privately held Naval Engineering and Information Technology Small Business headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. McKean’s engineers, developers and programmers provide innovative technical solutions to problems in naval engineering, national security, homeland security and logistics.