ANDOVER, Mass., Jan. 25, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a technology company that delivers mission-critical processing power to the edge, today announced the appointment of Stuart Kupinsky as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, effective Jan. 29, 2024.
Reporting to Mercury Chairman and CEO Bill Ballhaus, Kupinsky will be responsible for the company’s legal strategy, including M&A, intellectual property, and enterprise contracts. Previously, Kupinsky served as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for five public and private technology companies, including Blackboard Inc. through its sale to Anthology Inc., now one of the largest global education technology companies, and Tekelec, Inc., a public global telecommunications technology company serving the U.S. Department of Defense until its sale to Oracle. Kupinsky was also Chief Counsel for FirstNet, a multibillion-dollar independent government agency building a nationwide network for first responders. Earlier in his career he served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Kupinsky holds a J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University.
“We are excited for Stuart to join the Mercury management team,” said Bill Ballhaus. “He brings a wealth of experience in legal leadership roles and a track record of driving dynamic change for technology companies.”
Kupinsky succeeds Christopher Cambria, who has been Mercury’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary since 2016. During his tenure, Cambria led 12 successful acquisitions that transformed the company and significantly expanded the capabilities of the Mercury Processing Platform. He will remain with the company until March 2024 and will consult for one year afterward to ensure a smooth transition.
“Chris played a key role in the growth and evolution of Mercury, particularly as it relates to ensuring governance best practices,” said Ballhaus. “For over seven years, Chris has provided excellent counsel and business advice to Mercury’s management and Board. He has been an invaluable asset during my leadership transition and continues to be a trusted advisor.”
Mercury Systems – Innovation that matters®
Mercury Systems is a technology company that delivers mission-critical processing power to the edge, making advanced technologies profoundly more accessible for today’s most challenging aerospace and defense missions. The Mercury Processing Platform allows customers to tap into innovative capabilities from silicon to system scale, turning data into decisions on timelines that matter. Mercury’s products and solutions are deployed in more than 300 programs and across 35 countries, enabling a broad range of applications in mission computing, sensor processing, command and control, and communications. Mercury is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, and has 24 locations worldwide. To learn more, visit mrcy.com. (Nasdaq: MRCY)
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