David H. Langstaff
David H. Langstaff is a business and community leader with extensive experience as Chief Executive Officer and Director of advanced technology and professional services companies.
From mid-2006 through 2007, Mr. Langstaff served as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of Olive Group, a global provider of integrated security and risk mitigation solutions with principle offices in Dubai, London and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Langstaff created Veridian Corporation and served as President, CEO and Director from 1995 until its sale to General Dynamics in 2003. Veridian specialized in mission-critical national security programs, primarily for the intelligence community, military and other U.S. Government agencies involved in law enforcement and homeland security. From the 1995 buyout to its sale to General Dynamics, the companyís annual sales increased ten-fold, from $100 million to $1.2 billion, and developed a reputation as one of the preeminent companies in its field with a strong values-based culture. Itís initial public offering (NYSE: VNX) was noted by the Financial Times as one of the ten best global IPOs in 2002. From 1984 to 1995, Mr. Langstaff served as Executive Vice President, CFO and COO of Space Industries International, Inc., and, following a merger in 1993, Calspan SRL Corporation, previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arvin Industries. In 1995, Mr. Langstaff directed a management-led buyout of Calspan SRL and subsequently renamed the company Veridian.
From 1981 to 1984, Mr. Langstaff was employed by The Inverness Group in Houston, Texas, where he focused on corporate finance, venture capital, and mergers & acquisitions. Previously, Mr. Langstaff was based in Europe where he held corporate finance positions with First Boston International and Blyth Eastman Dillon & Co. International.
Mr. Langstaff serves as a seminar moderator with The Aspen Institute, and chairs the Advisory Board of the Business and Society Program of The Aspen Institute, a policy program focused on business education, ethics and values, and governance principles to encourage a greater focus on long-term performance. He also is a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He is a Special Advisor to General Atlantic Partners, growth investors, and sits on the Board of Directors of SRA International (NYSE: SRX), where he chairs the Compensation & Personnel Committee, and QinetiQ Group, PLC (LSE: QQ), where he serves on the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations committees. He is Chairman of The Wildheart Group, which is currently producing a multi-hour PBS television documentary on the history of recorded music with Sir George Martin, to be broadcast nationally in the Fall of 2011.
Mr. Langstaff is active in the community, particularly in the fields of education, the environment and the performing arts. He is Vice Chairman of The Potomac School in McLean, VA , sits on the Presidentís Advisory Board of Lasell College, and is a Trustee of the Pestalozzi US Childrenís Charity. Mr. Langstaff was Founder and Artistic Director of Revels Houston, Inc. and has served on the boards of numerous arts and educational organizations. He is an active musician, singing classical and folk music, and performs occasionally as a baroque soloist nationally and internationally with professional and amateur ensembles. Mr. Langstaff received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Harvard College in 1977, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1981. He, his wife and four children live on a farm in Maryland.