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AVIAN focuses on Strategic Innovation

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – Hard-working. Motivated. Responsible. Decisive. Those are the attributes of AVIAN’s newest vice president.

On June 1, AVIAN welcomed former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy – (Air and Ground), Dan Nega, as its new Vice President for Strategic Innovation.

“Dan’s innate ability to simplify complex problems and build relationships has taken him far in his career and is ultimately what brought him to AVIAN,” said Kevin Switick, chief executive officer at AVIAN. “As the world changes right before our eyes we knew we needed someone like Dan to help us keep a keen focus on innovation and providing ultimate value to our customers and clients.”

In this new role, Nega will focus on growing AVIAN into new markets and scaling up its commercial activities through various special projects.

Nega brings to AVIAN more than 30 years of civilian service supporting the Naval Air Systems Command. Most recently, he served at the Pentagon as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy - Air Programs where he was the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy on matters relating to aircraft, cruise missiles, air-launched weapons, airborne sensors, avionics, and related ancillary and support equipment. Nega is well-versed in systems engineering, logistics, and acquisition.

“There are some really exciting projects on the horizon here at AVIAN and Dan is going to add his unique talents to those efforts,” Switick said. “We’re really excited to have him as part of the AVIAN family.”


AVIAN (pronounced *a-v-yin*) is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020.

AVIAN is a two-time honoree on the Inc. Best Work Places in America list (2018 and 2020) and a 10-time honoree on the Inc. 500 | 5000 lists of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. AVIAN ranked No. 230 in 2010, No. 267 in 2011, No. 660 in 2012, No. 1675 in 2013, No. 2630 in 2014, No. 2417 in 2015, No. 3599 in 2016, No. 3764 in 2017, No. 4878 in 2018 and No. 4496 in 2019.

AVIAN believes talent and passion generate solutions to today’s business challenges. We understand that these characteristics thrive in a business culture that embraces innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit.

We are resourceful, responsive and reachable for our clients in program, financial, and logistics management; engineering and systems engineering; test and evaluation of manned and unmanned aerial systems; workforce development and training; communication strategy and graphic design. 

AVIAN is headquartered in Lexington Park, Maryland with hundreds of employees located across the county. Overall, AVIAN provides a broad range of niche expertise to organizations such as the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR); the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA); the Office of Naval Research (ONR); the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) and a variety of commercial clients.

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