TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - Oct 11, 2012) - Battelle, the world's largest independent research and development enterprise, has hired Major General John Folkerts, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), to lead its business with Special Operations Forces (SOF).
Folkerts joins Battelle to build upon, formalize and further develop Battelle's business with Department of Defense Special Operations Forces. He completed a distinguished 34-year-military career, which included four Command assignments, graduation from the National War College and a tour as the Vice Commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command.
"General Folkerts is the ideal leader to further enhance Battelle's impact in this important national security market," said Steve Kelly, President of Battelle's National Security Global Business. "In addition to his rich technical background and military expertise, he brings a deep understanding of special operations and a strong connection to that vital community."
Battelle has long been a trusted partner to the SOF community helping it meet mission and technology requirements. By leveraging user input, Battelle has successfully met client needs in tactical hardware and vehicles, communication systems, robotics and undersea technologies.
Folkerts will be the senior Battelle executive with responsibility for managing business with all active, guard, and reserve U.S. Special Operations forces and organizations. He will be based in Battelle's Tampa office on Bay to Bay Boulevard.
Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world's most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.5 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization.