BigBear.ai NYSE: BBAI, a leader in AI-powered analytics and cyber engineering solutions, today announced that it has expanded its leadership team to better execute its growth strategy. Effective June 13, 2022, current Chief Financial Officer Josh Kinley will take a new role as Chief Corporate Development Officer, and former Amazon executive Julie Peffer will become Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
Julie Peffer, a seasoned finance leader with deep experience in the defense and commercial sectors as well as SaaS modeling and pricing, joins BigBear.ai from MedeAnalytics, a healthcare analytics company, where she served as Chief Financial Officer since January 2021. Prior to that, Peffer served as Vice President, of Finance at Amazon, where she stood up a strategic Finance organization that supported all customer-facing teams global Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support, and go-to-market strategies of Amazon Web Services AWS around the world.
As the Company’s first Chief Corporate Development Officer, Josh Kinley will drive strategic growth initiatives across the Company’s federal and commercial businesses, identifying and evaluating opportunities for Mergers and Acquisitions M&A and leading integration strategy and execution.
“Josh and Julie’s appointments truly represent a ‘win-win’ situation that will help accelerate our momentum and ensure we are positioned to capitalize on the rapidly growing demand for AI and ML solutions in the federal and commercial sectors,” said Dr. Brothers. “Josh has been instrumental in executing and integrating the mergers that formed BigBear.ai, establishing our public company infrastructure, and leading the IPO workstream. His financial acumen, technology, and management consulting background, as well as his intelligence community and defense experience, make him the ideal executive to take charge of our growth strategy.”
“We are also incredibly pleased to welcome Julie to our leadership team, and we are confident that her significant experience driving revenue growth and margin expansion through effective SaaS modeling and pricing will be a tremendous addition to our financial operations. Her deep understanding of our current and future customers makes her a perfect addition to the team,” added Dr. Brothers.
Kinley stated, “I’m excited to be able to focus my energy on the enormous market for our solutions and guide our growth strategy. I’m also excited to partner with Julie, as her experience and insights into our markets have already thoroughly impressed our entire team. I couldn’t think of a better person to ‘pass the baton to during a critical stage in our evolution from a services-led company to a commercial SaaS provider and AI powerhouse.”
“BigBear.ai’s heritage serving our national defense and intelligence communities puts the Company in a unique position to capitalize on the market’s hunger for powerful, predictive AI solutions that can be used by business people to improve their operating efficiency and competitive position,” said Peffer. “I am thrilled to join the Company at such a pivotal time in its trajectory, and I look forward to working with Reggie, Josh, and the rest of the talented team at BigBear.ai to aggressively drive growth and create value for shareholders,” said Peffer.