Markland Technologies Appoints New President; Company Director and COO Dr. Joseph P. Mackin Assumes Role of President
RIDGEFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)----Markland Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: MRKL), a defense and homeland security company transforming advanced laboratory technology into real-world products, announced that Dr. Joseph P. Mackin, a member of the Board of Directors and currently the Chief Operating Officer of Markland, has assumed the role of President of Markland. He will also continue in his role as COO. The announcement was made by Robert Tarini, Chief Executive Officer of Markland.
Dr. Mackin has been employed by EOIR Technologies since 2001 and is currently serving as the subsidiary's President and CEO. Dr. Mackin, a retired Army Colonel, has an extensive background in sensor development at all phases of the development cycle, having managed programs from concept through engineering development and production. Most notably, Dr. Mackin was the Army Project Manager for the Second Generation Thermal Imaging System Forward Looking Infrared System (FLIR) now in the newest versions of the M1A2 Army Battle Tank and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He has also served on the staff of the Army Acquisition Executive, where he had responsibility for all Army acquisition special classified programs. While at MIT's Lincoln Lab, he served as the technical lead for the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology's Smart Sensor Web program, a multi-agency, multi-service network centric sensor demonstration program. He has served on numerous government panels and committees, and was most recently appointed to the prestigious National Academy of Science study called "ARMY S&T FOR HOMELAND DEFENSE" published in June 2003. Dr. Mackin was also recently appointed as a member of the Military Sensing Symposium committee on Passive Sensors. Dr. Mackin holds a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a M.S. in Physics and Electro-Optics from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in Physics (Laser and Nuclear Physics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Defense Services Management College.
"Markland is extremely fortunate to have such a strong executive talent with extensive experience to fill this critical role," said Mr. Tarini. "As Markland has expanded its presence in the Homeland Security and Defense sectors, including the majority ownership in Technest Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary Genex Technologies, Inc., the role of President has become increasingly more complex. Dr. Mackin, with a wealth of technical expertise and business experience in these sectors, has demonstrated the ability to successfully manage organizational growth both as president of EOIR and COO of Markland. I know he will do a great job in this new role. Additionally, by combining the roles of President and COO, we can save considerable cost in our management structure."
Dr. Mackin replaces Ken Ducey, Jr., as Markland's President. Mr. Ducey was removed from his position by the Board of Directors.
About Markland Technologies
Markland Technologies, Inc. is committed to setting next-generation standards in defense and security through the provision of innovative emerging technologies and expert services. The Company is engaged in the identification of advanced technologies currently under development in laboratories, universities and in private industry, and in the transformation of those technologies into next-generation products. Markland's solutions support military, law enforcement and homeland security personnel to protect the nation's citizens, borders and critical infrastructure assets from the threat of terrorism and other dangers. Through strategic development, Markland focuses on the creation of dual-use technology and products with applications in both the defense market and civilian homeland security and law enforcement fields. The Company is a Board Member of the Homeland Security Industries Association, and is a featured Company on HomelandDefenseStocks.com; additional details can be viewed at http://www.homelanddefensestocks.com/Companies/MarklandTech
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03/25/2005 16:01 ET