President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark Aslett is Mercury's President and Chief Executive Officer, and is a member of its Board of Directors. He brings in-depth experience that spans the technology industry, across a variety of markets that include telecommunications, data networking, security, defense, and life sciences. Within these areas, Mr. Aslett has held strategic-level positions in or has been responsible for engineering, operations, marketing, business development, portfolio management, and general executive management.
Prior to joining Mercury, Mr. Aslett was President and Chief Executive Officer of Enterasys, and held various positions with Marconi plc and its affiliated companies, including Executive Vice President of Marketing, Vice President of Portfolio Management for Marconi Capital, and President of Marconi Communications - North America. Mr. Aslett has also held positions at GEC Plessey Telecommunications, and other telecommunications-related technology firms. He started his career at British Telecommunications plc as a software engineer.
A native of the United Kingdom and a naturalized United States citizen, Mr. Aslett has an extensive background in global business. Mr. Aslett has a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a First Honors bachelor's degree in digital systems engineering.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. Ruppert is responsible for Mercury's financial and treasury functions as well as corporate development activities, including strategy, planning and mergers and acquisitions. He brings a wealth of investment banking experience spanning mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, strategy development and execution, as well as transaction execution for a wide range of companies in the aerospace and defense markets. Over his career, he has provided strategic guidance and consultation on many marquee public company transactions in the defense industry in addition to advising public and private companies and investors on transactions of all types and sizes.
Prior to joining Mercury, Mr. Ruppert was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of RSPartners, LLC, a boutique M&A advisory firm focused on the aerospace and defense industries. Previously, Mr. Ruppert was a Managing Director at UBS Securities where he led the Defense and Government IT effort from 2011 to 2013. Before that he focused on aerospace and defense mergers & acquisitions at both Lehman Brothers and Lazard.
Mr. Ruppert holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.
DIDIER M.C. THIBAUD
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Thibaud is Mercury’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, where he is responsible for global sales, product engineering, operations and other duties.
Previously, Mr. Thibaud was President of the Company’s Mercury Commercial Electronics (MCE) business unit. He also headed up its international subsidiaries. Before joining Mercury in 1995, Mr. Thibaud was Technical Director and Account Manager for Horizon Technologies, where he specialized in the development of Services and System Integrations for European Defense and Commercial businesses. Previously, at ONERA, the French National Research Center for Aerospace, Mr. Thibaud spent several years managing research and development of DSP applications in medical and defense electronics, and was the engineering manager for multiprocessor systems that were used for tracking and surveillance radar. Mr. Thibaud started his career with CHU Lille hospital's center for medical signal processing research.
Mr. Thibaud graduated from the Hautes Etudes Industrielles in Lille, France, with a degree in information technology. He also earned a D.E.A. (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies) in signal and image processing.
CHRISTOPHER C. CAMBRIA
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Cambria is Mercury’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, responsible for the direction and management of Mercury's legal affairs, including support for mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. He has more than 30 years’ experience providing strategic oversight of legal and regulatory matters, managing major acquisition transactions and serving as a key advisor in rapidly growing business environments.
Prior to joining Mercury, Mr. Cambria served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., where he managed all legal and regulatory matters as well as the acquisition of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne for $550M. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at L-3 Communications Corporation where he managed L-3’s IPO and NYSE listing and completed over 100 M&A transactions including the acquisitions of The Titan Corp for $2.74B and Raytheon's Aircraft Integrations Systems division for $1.15B. He has also worked previously at the law firms of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Mr. Cambria holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall University and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.
Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Ms. Woodthorpe is Mercury’s Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), responsible for driving the Company’s HR strategy and partnering with senior leadership to design and execute a long-term human capital approach in support of company goals. She has more than 20 years experience positively impacting the visibility and performance of businesses and HR functions from Silicon Valley start-ups to large multinational corporations.
Prior to joining Mercury, Ms. Woodthorpe served as Vice President of Human Resources for Xylem, Inc., a $4B public company, where she provided strategic HR leadership across multiple businesses. Previously, Ms. Woodthorpe has served in key HR roles at DuPont and Display Research Laboratories.
Ms. Woodthorpe holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources from The Manchester Metropolitan University.
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Stephanie Georges is Mercury’s Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for driving the Company’s marketing, communications, and brand strategy.
Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Maxar Technologies and its predecessor, DigitalGlobe, where she led brand strategy, corporate communications, and marketing strategy oversight and execution, aligning them with corporate purpose and an integrated marketing approach to drive awareness, sales and shareholder value. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at CenturyLink, and served in the same role at Qwest Communications International. During her ten years at both companies, her responsibilities included corporate and brand strategy, product innovation, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions.
Before joining Qwest, Ms. Georges held various management and analyst positions including 18 years covering the Telecommunications Services sector as a top-ranked sell-side analyst on Wall Street at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers where she led the global telecommunications services research team and was the lead US telecommunications services analyst. She earned recognitions as an “All-Star Analyst” by Institutional Investor Magazine and a “Top Stock Picker” by the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Georges has served as a director of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. and is a member of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council.
Ms. Georges earned an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College.
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, Mr. Eason is responsible for scaling Mercury’s people, processes, and systems, as he oversees IT enterprise applications, infrastructure, and cyber security.
Mr. Eason joined Mercury in 2009 as Director of Enterprise Systems and led the implementation of a scalable business systems architecture, allowing for growth and integration of acquired companies. He was then promoted to Vice President of Enterprise Systems before taking on the role of Chief Information Officer in 2018.
Prior to joining Mercury, Mr. Eason served as Manager of Global Government Solutions IT at Cisco Systems where he was responsible for delivering secure, scalable computing solutions and led the manufacturing IT team that supported 45 contract management locations worldwide. He also held previous roles as Manager of Manufacturing Systems Infrastructure and Manager of Enterprise Business-to-Business. Before joining Cisco Systems, Mr. Eason spent 17 years at Lucent Technologies in various engineering, IT and leadership roles focused on scaling the business.
Mr. Eason holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Merrimack College and a Master of Science in Mathematics with a Computer Science Discipline from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
MICHELLE M. MCCARTHY
Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Michelle M. McCarthy is Mercury’s Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer. A sixteen-year veteran of corporate finance, Ms. McCarthy is responsible for the Company's financial reporting, accounting and tax operations.
Ms. McCarthy has extensive experience in accounting and reporting at several companies. Previously, Ms. McCarthy held senior financial positions with Analog Devices, Inc., serving most recently as Corporate Controller. Before that, she served as Corporate Financial Reporting Manager at J. Jill, Inc. and Manager of the Retail, Manufacturing and Industrial Group within the assurance practice of Ernst and Young, LLP.
Ms. McCarthy earned a bachelor of science in business administration, accounting and finance degree from Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Massachusetts.
WILLIAM CONLEY, PH.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Conley is Mercury’s Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for the technical vision and implementation of strategic objectives. He is responsible for aligning technology investments across the company to meet customer needs. Dr. Conley has substantial experience in research, development, weapon system acquisition, technology road mapping, strategy development & implementation, and government.
Prior to joining Mercury, Dr. Conley was a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, serving as the Director for Electronic Warfare in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In that role, he led the $7B annual investment to develop and acquire electronic warfare weapon systems. Earlier in his civilian career, he was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, where he led an innovative investment portfolio focused on electronic warfare. He started his civilian career as an engineer for the Navy. While his individual contributions were recognized through multiple awards, he is most proud of the team awards from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and the Association of Old Crows Capitol Chapter.
Dr. Conley earned a Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College and a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University.