PASADENA, Calif.--Parsons, one of the world’s leading engineering-based infrastructure, industrial, and federal contracting firms, today announced the appointment of Carey A. Smith as President of its Federal business unit. In this role, she will be responsible for serving a variety of U.S. federal government agency customers in the defense, environmental, infrastructure, security, and intelligence services markets.
Ms. Smith joins Parsons from Honeywell where she was President of Defense and Space, a business unit ranked #15 among worldwide defense companies with an annual revenue of $4.7 billion in 2015 as reported in Defense News. With this appointment, Ms. Smith becomes the highest-ranking female business unit executive in Parsons, joining a corporate team with a long history of having female executives and board members in its top ranks. She was named one of the Top 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM (2014) and to the list of Top 100 Women in STEM (2012).
Thomas L. Roell, who has been serving as interim president of Parsons’ Federal business unit since August, will resume his role as Vice Chairman, Chief Risk Advisor.
“We are thrilled to welcome Carey to the Parsons team, where she will take charge of one of our most important business units,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons’ Chairman and CEO. “Carey is a respected leader in our industry, and her diverse experience makes her the right choice to contribute to our continued success. Carey will lead our Federal business unit as it brings people, processes, and technology together to provide innovative solutions to our expanding base of U.S. federal government customers. I also want to thank Tom for his outstanding performance as interim head of our Federal business unit.”
At Honeywell, Ms. Smith led the defense and space group to strong double-digit backlog growth, international expansion, acquisitions, performance execution, and very high competitive and recompete win rates. She was responsible for a diverse customer base, including the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, FAA, NASA, restricted entities, international defense ministries, and defense original equipment manufacturers.
At Honeywell, she previously served as President of Honeywell Technology Solutions Incorporated and as Vice President of Honeywell Aerospace Customer and Product Support. Prior to joining Honeywell, she held a variety of positions with Lockheed Martin Corporation. She started her career with IBM Federal Systems.
Ms. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. She is a certified Program Management professional and a certified Green Belt, and she has published more than ten papers, one of which was recognized by Time Life Books. She is a member of the Professional Services Council Executive Committee and Board of Directors as well as the Defense Industry Initiative. She is based in Parsons’ Washington, D.C., office.
Parsons is a technology-driven engineering services firm with more than 70 years of experience in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries. The corporation is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, defense, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, systems design/engineering, cyber/converged security, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.