Originally published March 1, 2016 at 9:54 a.m.

The Professional Services Council has named a new CEO, tapping the Pentagon once again to lead the premier trade group for the federal contracting community.

David Berteau, assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness, will step away from the Department of Defense March 28 to serve as CEO of PSC, nearly six months after Stan Soloway announced he'd be moving on after 15 years.

Berteau is a familiar face among those in government and industry, much as Soloway was. Immediately prior to Berteau's confirmation at the Pentagon, he worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies for six years. He was at SAIC for nearly a decade. He spent about eight years as a consultant. And prior to this current stint, he spent a dozen years through the early 1990s as a senior defense department official, specializing in acquisition, logistics, personnel and budgets.

So what are his priorities? I'll speak to Berteau later this morning to find out more, but he points in a released statement to promoting an open and competitive federal marketplace, in which "government benefits from the best solutions that industry has to offer."

He of course comes in after quite a few changes at PSC. As I wrote when he announced his plans to step down in September, Soloway led a reinvention of sorts at PSC, managing growth while other trade organizations in this market shrank, buying up some competitors along the way, and striking a workable balance between advocacy and market education. He also expanded the purview of the organization, bringing technology companies into the fold after a nearly exclusive focus on services. PSC now touts nearly 400 member companies.

And what does Soloway think of his successor? "He is a terrific choice," he told me.  "A friend and colleague of many years, someone who brings the kind of varied experience and perspectives that will serve him and PSC well."

Check back later this morning to see what Berteau has to say about the new role, and the transition out of government once again.

Jill Aitoro was editor of Defense News. She was also executive editor of Sightline Media's Business-to-Government group, including Defense News, C4ISRNET, Federal Times and Fifth Domain. She brought over 15 years’ experience in editing and reporting on defense and federal programs, policy, procurement, and technology.

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