As CEO of Tyto Athene, Chris Meilhammer is responsible for Tyto Athene’s worldwide presence, integrating highly effective teams, processes, and technologies to best serve customers’ missions and support digital transformation. Chris’ background includes more than 25 years of management and technical experience including designing and sustaining complex information, security, and telecommunications systems as well as leading diverse teams located all over the world.
Prior to being appointed CEO of Tyto Athene, Chris joined Black Box Government Solutions upon his retirement from the United States Marine Corps in 2012 after more than 20 years of honorable service as a telecommunications system engineering officer. During his tenure at BBGS, he held various roles, including Chief Architect, Vice President of Engineering, and Vice President of Sales and Engineering. Chris was instrumental in the company’s transition from BBGS to Tyto Athene and was appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for daily operations including sales, business development, capture, pricing, proposal development, operations, marketing, and engineering teams.
As a Marine, Chris held various positions, including Director of Communications Information Systems, Telecommunications Systems Engineering Officer, and various telecommunications systems planning, engineering, and operations positions. During his last five years on active duty, he served as Program Manager for the Base Telecommunications Infrastructure Program, Marine Corps Systems Command, in Quantico, Virginia. In this role, he managed all Marine Corps’ telecommunications infrastructure globally; leading teams of more than 2,000 personnel supporting more than $4B in assets worldwide.
Chris holds a TS/SCI security clearance and is Defense Acquisition University Level 3 certified in program management and information technology. He studied information systems management and acquisition management at the University of Maryland and Naval Postgraduate School.