ACADEMI Welcomes Brigadier General (Ret) Craig Nixon as CEO

Feb 28, 2013, 10:56 ET from ACADEMI, LLC

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The company known for providing pre-eminent risk assessment, training and security solutions around the world is welcoming Brigadier General (Ret) Craig Nixon as CEO.

Nixon comes to ACADEMI from the McChrystal Group where as a partner, he worked closely with the executive and business teams of Fortune 500 technology companies including HP and SeaGate, and served as the McChrystal Group's senior advisor on strategy.  

Nixon will replace current CEO Ted Wright who is stepping down from the position after overseeing the successful restructuring of the company, which is a leading provider of private training and security.

Under a new ownership group that acquired the company in 2010, Wright has been instrumental in the development of ACADEMI's impressive best in class compliance practices as well as management of its highly specialized operations serving U.S. Government clients in high-threat regions around the world.  

Moving forward, Nixon will spearhead ACADEMI's dedicated support of our government clients, the company's continued growth into commercial and foreign markets as well as overseeing ACADEMI's world-class training facilities. 

Before joining the McChrystal Group, Nixon served as the Deputy Director of Operations in U.S. Central Command.  He also previously served as the Director of Operations for U.S. Special Operations Command and commanded the 75th Ranger regiment during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Nixon graduated from Auburn University with a degree in business and holds two Masters Degrees in Military History and Strategic Studies.


ACADEMI is a leading provider of training and security services in support of the U.S. Government and other customers, focused on worldwide operations including counterterrorism, force protection, law enforcement and security operations. The company serves multiple U.S.

Government Agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense and numerous law-enforcement and commercial customers. ACADEMI's proven ability to provide turnkey, end-to-end training and technical services, along with its unmatched track record of exceptional performance, has enabled the company to establish a competitive advantage well-recognized by its customers.

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