Success breeds success. David Pratt, Principal of David Pratt & Associates, today announced that Goran Pesic, Head of Operations, is departing Pratt’s firm after five years of steady growth, to lead his own company, Samuel Associates Inc., as President and CEO. Mr. Pesic’s Ottawa-based strategic consultancy will specialize in corporate strategy, professional executive development, public relations and integrated digital marketing services.
“Goran made a tremendous contribution to DPA. In a relatively short time, Goran and I, together with a great team of Associates, built one of Canada’s leading defence and security government relations firms. I know I can speak on behalf of my colleagues when I wish Goran resounding success as he embarks on this new leadership role with Samuel Associates,” said Pratt.
Mr. Pesic will be replaced by Senior Associate, Steve Zuber, who will take on the position of Head of Operations effective Monday, November 25, 2019. “I am pleased to welcome Steve in this new capacity. In addition to serving clients, he will be responsible for contracts and business operations and will work closely with me on business development,” confirmed Pratt.
Mr. Zuber joined DPA in 2018 and has over 30 years of experience in the defence industry. He served as Vice-President and General Manager of DRS Technologies Canada Ltd, from 2012 to 2016. After joining DRS in 2000 as Director of Engineering, he went on to become VP Business Development. Prior to joining DRS, Steve worked at various defence companies including Lockheed Martin Canada, Leigh Instruments Ltd and Litton Systems Canada Ltd. He graduated with bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Royal Military College in 1979.
Mr. Pratt is also pleased to welcome two new team members: Kathleen Puddester as his new Executive Assistant and Office Manager, and Michelle Gosselin who will be providing web design, marketing and administrative support. He added that today’s announcements “are about enhancing our capability to provide great client service and positioning the firm for long-term growth. I am confident that our new structure will enable us to benefit from the extraordinary opportunities that lie ahead,” said Pratt.
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