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Chantilly-based American Systems names new CEO

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Peter Smith has been named president and CEO of Chantilly-based American Systems, a major provider of federal IT and engineering solutions.

The appointment is effective on Aug. 1.

Smith, who is currently chief operating officer, succeeds Bill Hoover who is retiring. Hoover, who had been CEO since 2005, will remain vice chairman on the company’s board of directors.

Smith joined the company in 1980 and has held a number of roles with increased responsibility. He was named COO in 2010.

In addition, Smith holds several industry leadership roles including service on the TechAmerica Public Sector board of directors .

He received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an master’s in electrical engineering from George Washington University.

Founded in 1975, American Systems has about 1,500 employees nationwide.

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