Skip to main content

Lewis "Lou" Von Thaer

President and Chief Executive Officer of Battelle Memorial Institute
Age: 62
Director since: 2022

Professional Highlights

President and chief executive officer of Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest independent research and development organization, since October 2017. Mr. Von Thaer served as chief executive officer of DynCorp International (June 2015 – October 2017), president of Leidos, Inc. (2013 – 2015) and corporate vice president of General Dynamics Corporation and president of its Advanced Information Systems division (2005 –2013).

Mr. Von Thaer’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his technology expertise as the chief executive officer of Battelle and his experience as a director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and UT-Battelle (the operator of Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Mr. Von Thaer brings to the Board decades of experience in the global manufacturing and research industries, including high-level executive management and business oversight experience. He has substantial experience working with federal government administrators, which provides valuable insights in governmental, regulatory and public policy issues. His extensive experience in management and operations provides insights in risk management, safety and health, personnel development and environmental matters. As a licensed engineer, Mr. Von Thaer also brings significant engineering experience.