IMS Announces Executive and Advisory Appointments to Guide San Diego Growth

Brea, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2011

The IMS Company, a software and systems developer in the defense and aviation industries, is expanding its presence in the San Diego area with three new executive, consulting and strategic advisory appointments, according to Ron Hopkins, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the IMS Engineering division.

Chris Burt has been appointed as Vice President of the DoD and Aerospace business group “to ensure a concentrated focus on the defense market in the Southern California region and elsewhere,” said Hopkins.

Prior to his appointment at The IMS Company, Burt was Deputy for the West Coast Aerospace domain at Thales USA Defense & Security, Inc. (TDSI) and served as key account manager for L3 Communications. Burt was previously a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) owner following two combat tours in Kuwait and Iraq as a Marine Corps officer.

The company has named Dennis Bauman as a strategic advisor, bringing decades of defense leadership, expertise and strategic insights to help guide the company’s growth in the defense market.

Since retirement from a thirty year career in the US government’s Senior Executive Service, Bauman has worked as a consultant providing strategic advice to the defense industry. Before his retirement, Bauman led the Joint Program Executive Office for the Joint Tactical Radio System as well as the Navy’s Program Executive Office for C4I and Space.

Bauman held roles such as the SPAWAR Program Director for Command, Control and Intelligence and Combat Support Applications, and Program Director for Information Warfare. Bauman also served as head of the Naval Ocean Systems Center Submarine Communications and C4I System Division.

Concurrent with his government service, Bauman was a faculty member at the University of California at San Diego Computer Science and Engineering Department for twenty years.

“IMS’ unique skills in software defined radios and in cloud computing are desperately needed in this market,” said Bauman, “and I’m pleased to help IMS accelerate its growth in the San Diego area.”

The IMS Company has also appointed Debbie Matzek as business development and strategic planning consultant for the San Diego defense market. Matzek has had a distinguished career in the San Diego Aerospace Industry. She was a leader in the success of the San Diego Chapter of the Armed Forces and Communications Association (AFCEA), where her leadership positions included Chapter Vice President, SPAWAR Systems Center AFCEA Joint C4ISR Symposium Chair (’97-’98), and Chapter President (’98-’00). She was also a member of the 2001 AFCEA San Diego Board of Directors. She has owned a consultancy for over 15 years.

Matzek began her career with General Dynamics’ Space Systems Division where she supported several Atlas II Launch Vehicle missions for the United States Air Force. She managed the development and verification of all satellite interface requirements and assisted in the development of the first Automated Requirements Verification Program. She also served as the liaison between the General Dynamics engineering team, the USAF customer, and the USAF IV&V contractor to ensure that mission requirements were approved for launch.

Matzek served as the liaison between the General Dynamics engineering team, the USAF customer, and the USAF IV&V contractor to ensure that mission requirements were verified and approved for launch.

About The IMS Company: Founded in 1996, The IMS Company is an software and system solutions provider in the travel industry, and a systems and software solutions provider to the air transport and aerospace and defense industries. Organized into three business units, IMS serves commercial airlines including American, Delta, British Airways, Royal Jordanian, US Airways, Kuwait, AirAsia X, TransAero and others with portable entertainment, wireless communications, and content management services via IMS Entertainment.

Via IMS Engineering, the company provides advanced systems and software engineering support in the development and deployment of the latest inflight entertainment, cabin avionics, and media distribution systems, as well as engineering services and software development services to unmanned vehicles, avionics systems, software-defined radios and cloud solutions.

IMS Flight Deck provides Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and other solutions for the flight deck.

IMS has expanded into the provisioning of content services and hardware solutions for business aviation, rental car, rail passenger and related markets reaching the traveling public. For two of the last three years, The IMS Company was named among the fastest-growing privately-held companies in technology-heavy Orange County California by the Orange County Business Journal.

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