Leidos appoints former NOAA Chief of Staff as Climate, Energy and Environment lead
(Reston, Va.) Sept. 29, 2022 – Leidos (NYSE:LDOS), a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, announced today that Scott Rayder has joined the company as Vice President and Division Manager for the Climate, Energy and Environment portfolio. Rayder will join Leidos’ Chief Scientist of Climate and Environment, Dr. Miguel Román, in advancing the company’s climate science and environmental portfolios.
“Scott’s broad understanding of the climate market and ability to translate science into actionable climate intelligence aligns with Leidos’ data expertise and mission,” said Eric Freeman, Leidos Senior Vice President and Integrated Missions Operation Manager. “He will oversee efforts to tie climate data together, enabling a more rapid formation of climate products and services.”
In this role, Rayder will engage customers in the emerging climate and environmental markets and work to grow Leidos’ business within the U.S. government. He will also generate future climate products and services for commercial use. Rayder’s customer base will include the company’s current work with the National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC) and the U.S. Air Force’s Civil Engineering Center programs.
Before joining Leidos, Rayder served as the Executive Director of the Alabama Water Institute, where he led and managed a team of faculty and staff in developing next generation tools and capabilities. These innovations enabled the institute to better understand and manage water resource issues at the global, national, regional and local levels.
Prior to that, Rayder served eight years at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), serving as Senior Advisor to the UCAR President. There he secured funding for several research programs related to weather, air quality and the development of novel sensors to better observe the environment.
From 2001 to 2008 he served as the first Chief of Staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and helped lead NOAA efforts across a nearly $3.5B portfolio.
“I am excited to join the Leidos team and advance their climate science portfolio,” said Rayder. “The depth and expertise at Leidos are astonishing. The company’s world class capabilities can help our nation and world address some of the most pressing climate problems at all scales.”
Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company's 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.