Global Defense & Aerospace Expert John Niehaus Joins Avascent

Global Defense & Aerospace Expert John Niehaus Joins Avascent 
WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/20/13 --  Defense expert John
Niehaus has joined Avascent, bringing over twenty five years of
experience in corporate, business level competitive strategy, M&A
transaction and investment, commercialization efforts, and deep
expertise in defense and national security markets. John's portfolio
includes formulating growth and investment strategies, identifying
and exploiting critical market trends and drivers, and developing
strategies that enable sustainable competitive advantage in Aerospace
& Defense markets. His expertise will augment Avascent's ability to
counsel clients on bold and effective moves to thrive despite an
impending reduction in DOD investment over the coming years, and
position clients for value creating, long-term growth. 
"The U.S. defense market, including industry and government
customers, faces a likely protracted period of budget austerity and
uncertainty. Yet, these challenges -- indeed, market disruptions --
also create the context to approach the current environment as window
of opportunity, to develop superior customer value propositions, and
invest on a historical dip in defense asset valuations," commented
"We are excited to be bringing John on board," says Steve Irwin,
President of Avascent. "He has long been a keen observer and leading
thinker on defense sector dynamics and competitive strategies.
Moreover, he cares deeply about the industry and the vital national
role it plays," Irwin continued.  
Niehaus spent the past five years at McKinsey & Company as a Senior
Expert in Global Aerospace & Defense. Prior to McKinsey, John was a
Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the West Coast
component of the firm's Global Aerospace & Defense practice.
Previously, John was an executive with Raytheon Company where he held
the titles of Vice President, Raytheon Commercial Ventures, as well
as Director, Corporate Development. John began his career in the
United States Navy, where he served as a Naval Flight Officer and
E-2C Hawkeye Mission Commander. Toward the end of eight years of in
the Navy, John served as Liaison Officer, U.S. House of
Representatives, within the Secretary of the Navy's Office of
Legislative Affairs. Avascent is proud to have John join the team. 
 Avascent ( is the leading strategy
and management consulting firm serving clients operating in
government-driven markets. Working with corporate leaders and
financial investors, Avascent delivers sophisticated, fact-based
solutions in the areas of strategic growth, value capture, and
mergers and acquisition support. With deep sector expertise,
analytically rigorous consulting methodologies, and a uniquely
flexible service model, Avascent provides clients with the insights
and advice they need to succeed in dynamic customer environments. 
For further information, contact: 
Ms. Christine Vargas 
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