J. Dan Bates, Southwest Research Institute President, Announces Retirement at End of Fiscal Year

  J. Dan Bates, Southwest Research Institute President, Announces Retirement
  at End of Fiscal Year

                     Board names Adam Hamilton Successor

Business Wire

SAN ANTONIO -- April 24, 2014

J. Dan Bates, president of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), today
announced his plans to retire effective September 26, 2014.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this extraordinary
organization,” said Mr. Bates. “Having worked over 45 years at the Institute,
the last 17 years as president, I know better than most what fine staff we
have and what amazing research projects are conducted every day at Southwest
Research Institute.”

“As only the third president in the Institute’s 67-year history, Dan Bates has
led the organization through a period of remarkably sustained growth and
increased revenues,” noted Dr. Ricardo Romo, president of the Board of
Directors of Southwest Research Institute and president of the University of
Texas at San Antonio. “During his 17-year tenure as president, Dan has
overseen a significant expansion of the number and types of applied research
and development projects the Institute has undertaken, with incredibly
successful results. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude for his
exceptional leadership and dedication.”

The Board of Directors announced the appointment of Adam Hamilton, P.E. as the
new president of the Institute. Mr. Hamilton is currently President and CEO of
Signature Science, LLC, a subsidiary of Southwest Research Institute based in
Austin. Mr. Hamilton’s appointment will become effective September 26, 2014.

Today’s announcement is the culmination of a multi-phase succession planning
effort begun last year with Mr. Bates’ announcement to the Board of his
intention to retire within the 2014 timeframe. For the remainder of the fiscal
year, Mr. Bates will work closely with Mr. Hamilton to ensure a seamless
transition in leadership for the Institute.

As leader of an SwRI subsidiary, Mr. Hamilton has already established working
relationships with a number of SwRI senior executives (some serving on
Signature Science’s board of directors) and advisory trustees. Originating as
the Special Environment Services Unit of the Radian Corporation in 1991, Mr.
Hamilton led an employee-organized buyout of the business unit from URS
Corporation in 2001, founding Signature Science and establishing it as a
subsidiary of Southwest Research Institute. Mr. Hamilton graduated with Honors
from theUniversity of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace
Engineering degree and completed his Master of Science degree in Engineering
from the University of Texas.

“Mr. Hamilton’s experience in building a successful organization — which
includes expanding its client base, technical offerings, and capabilities —
will serve him well in his new position,” said Dr. Romo. “His proven ability
as a collaborative, consensus leader for the past 13 years as CEO at Signature
Science, and 15 years prior leadership experience before that combined with
his multidisciplinary technical expertise make him an extremely well-qualified
choice as the next president of Southwest Research Institute. I’m confident
Adam will build on the successes of his predecessor and lead the Institute
with energy and vision.”

“Southwest Research Institute is one of the nation’s premier applied R&D
organizations,” said Mr. Hamilton. “The strength of any organization is the
quality of its people and, having worked with Mr. Bates and the executive
management team for over 13 years, I know Southwest Research Institute has an
incredibly talented group of engineers and scientists working to advance
science and technology. I’m honored to have been chosen to lead this team.”

Editors: An image to accompany this story is available at
http://www.swri.org/press/2014/bates-retirement.htm.

Contact:

Southwest Research Institute
Tim Martin, 210-522-2255
tmartin@swri.org
 
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