Effective immediately, Mertz will assume leadership of Peraton’s procurement arm, where he will steer the organization’s procurement strategy and manage a variety of other procurement functions, the Reston, Virginia- headquartered company announced on Monday.
“He uniquely understands the critical role the procurement organization plays in helping us to achieve our growth and financial goals,” Shea continued. “I look forward to working closely with him and welcoming him to our executive leadership team.”
As head of Peraton’s procurement team, Mertz will supervise business systems compliance, strategic sourcing, positive cash flow management and subcontractor management while overseeing the implementation of the organization’s procurement strategy to boost efficiency and streamline procurement operations. He will report to Jeremy Wensinger, chief operating officer at Peraton, and will offer strategic counsel to Shea and company business units.
Mertz previously spent 13 years at CACI, where he climbed the ranks from his subcontracts administrator lead position to his most recent role as vice president of enterprise supply chain. Prior to his time at CACI, Mertz served as subcontracts administrator for purchasing and subcontracts at SAIC.
His appointment is one of many leadership changes recently made by Peraton. Just last week, the company elevated Juan Toves from his previous role as business development executive to vice president of business development for the defense mission and health solutions sector. Peraton also promoted Marisa Veseli from director of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Health Agency programs to senior director of its defense enterprise and health arm. Earlier this month, Peraton selected Shaleeza Altaf as vice president and deputy general counsel.
In September, the organization appointed Christopher Valentino as chief strategy officer and Frankie Velez as vice president and general manager of cyber intelligence systems. Peraton also selected Rob Davies, a Wash100 Award recipient, as vice president and general manager.