Lewis F. Von Thaer

Member, TAPS Board of Directors

Lou Von Thaer, Member

Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer is the Chief Executive Officer of DynCorp International.  Mr. Von Thaer most recently served as President of the National Security Sector at Leidos Inc., responsible for leading the efforts in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, cyber, logistics, and systems solutions.

Prior to joining Leidos in 2013, Mr. Von Thaer was President of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and corporate vice president of General Dynamics Corporation. He also previously served as senior vice president of operations for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and was responsible for performance and acquisition integration throughout the enterprise.

Until November 2003, Mr. Von Thaer served as General Dynamics Corporation’s vice president and general manager of the company’s Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems strategic business unit. Mr. Von Thaer joined General Dynamics Corporation as vice president of engineering and chief technical officer when his previous employer, the Advanced Technology Systems division of Lucent Technologies, was acquired. He served as senior vice president for Advanced Technology Systems, responsible for all government programs, engineering, manufacturing, quality, contracting, and procurement. Mr. Von Thaer had worked at Lucent Technologies and its predecessor, AT&T Bell Laboratories, since 1983.

Mr. Von Thaer holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University (KSU) and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University. He serves as a member of the Defense Science Board, National Intelligence University Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, and is on the Board of Trustees for Kansas State University’s Foundation. He previously spent eight years on the Engineering Advisory Board at KSU and has been inducted into the KSU Engineering School’s Hall of Fame. Mr. Von Thaer is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk and chaired the 2016 walk on the National Mall.