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HDT Global has named Kevin McSweeney as President and CEO, effective immediately, replacing Juan Navarro, who has announced his retirement.

In a statement, Vince Buffa, executive chairman of HDT Global’s board of directors, attested to McSweeney’s strong foundational knowledge in operations, engineering, program management and business development, saying the new CEO’s proven track record of building cohesive workforces and growing businesses “is an ideal fit with HDT’s strategic growth objectives.”

McSweeney most recently served as president and CEO at Telephonics Corp. Before joining Telephonics, McSweeney held roles of increasing responsibility at Lockheed Martin, culminating as the business leader for the Maritime Safety, Security and Surveillance business area.

“HDT has a proud 85-year history of serving the warfighter and I’m honored to join the 900 dedicated employees in continuing that mission,” McSweeney said. “HDT is poised for significant growth and I’m excited to be a part of the next chapter of their story,” he added.

Navarro will continue to be involved with HDT as a senior adviser to some of the company’s key strategic programs.

Based in Solon, Ohio, HDT Global manufactures and integrates unmanned, platform and expeditionary solutions across defense, aerospace and government markets. The company designs and produces technologies used by the United States and allied military worldwide, including robotic systems, specialty transport vehicles, environmental control systems and air filtration devices.