News Release

July 13, 2015
For Immediate Release

Contact: David Vordick, VP & CIO

CNA Names Mark Geis Executive Vice President of the Center for Naval Analyses

Arlington, VA – CNA President and CEO Katherine McGrady, Ph.D., today announced the appointment of Mark Geis to serve as Executive Vice President of CNA's Center for Naval Analyses.

"Mark is a proven leader, manager, and team player," said McGrady. "His record of accomplishment at CNA, the experience and professionalism he brings to the position, and his skill in building trusting relationships with our Navy and Marine Corps sponsors, all make him the right choice to lead the center."

CNA's Center for Naval Analyses is the Federally Funded Research and Development Center for the Navy and Marine Corps. CNA also operates the Institute for Public Research which provides research and analysis services to non-Department of Defense clients.

Geis, previously Vice President and Director of CNA's Operations Evaluation Group (OEG) and of CNA's Marine Corps Program, has more than 27 years' experience at CNA. He began his career in 1987, serving as a Research Analyst in CNA's Support Planning and Management Division. In the 1990s he served as a CNA Field Representative and in 1997 was named Director of OEG's Marine Corps Operations Team. From 2000-2005 Geis was a research team leader and served as Director of the Naval Operations & Support Team in CNA's Integrated Support and Operations Division. In 2005 he was named Vice President and Director of CNA's Marine Corps Program, and since 2010 has also served as Vice President and Director of OEG.

Geis has received the Desert Shield/Desert Storm Southwest Asia Civilian Service Medal (1991) for his work in support of II MEF during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and the DoN Meritorious Civilian Service Award (1994) for his work in support of MARFORPAC as the command's field representative during 1992 through 1994. He also received the CNA 1996 Board of Trustees Award for his work as Chairman of CNA's Employee Advisory Council as well as the CNA 2004 Board of Trustees Award for his oversight of the Marine Corps Operations Iraqi Freedom reconstruction and analysis effort.

He is a 1984 graduate of Bethel College where he earned a B.A. degree in Mathematics. He also holds an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma (1987).

CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization dedicated to the safety and security of the nation. It operates the Center for Naval Analyses — the only Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) serving the Department of the Navy — as well as the Institute for Public Research. CNA is dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance. With nearly 700 scientists, analysts and professional staff, CNA takes a real-world approach to gathering data. Its one-of-a-kind field program places analysts on carriers and military bases, in squad rooms and crisis centers, working side-by-side with operators and decision-makers around the world. CNA supports naval operations, fleet readiness and great power competition. Its non-defense research portfolio includes criminal justice, homeland security and data management.

Note to writers and editors: CNA is not an acronym and is correctly referenced as "CNA, a research organization in Arlington, VA."


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