WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 2, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cyalume Technologies Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:CYLU) today announced the appointment of Monte L. Pickens as Executive Vice President. Pickens will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Derek Dunaway.
Pickens joins Cyalume Technologies from Allied Defense Group, (NYSE Amex:ADG), where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Allied Defense Group, which has agreed to be acquired by Chemring Group PLC, is a diversified international defense and security firm which develops and produces conventional ammunition, sophisticated electronic and microwave security systems, and battlefield effects simulators.
"I am delighted to have Monte join Cyalume Technologies and bring his strategic vision and wealth of leadership experience to our executive team," said Cyalume's President and CEO, Derek Dunaway. "Monte brings unique skills and capabilities that are expected to improve our operational focus and enhance our execution across all areas of the business."
"Monte's experience in building Allied Defense Group's ammunition business is perfectly suited to allow us to capitalize on the many opportunities that lie ahead. It is the right moment for us to make this addition as our ammunition business continues to grow in both complexity and scale."
Pickens brings almost four decades of leadership experience with increasing positions of responsibility in both commercial organizations and the U.S. military. Prior to Allied Defense Group, Pickens served as a Vice President of T. Marzetti Company, a subsidiary of Lancaster Colony, and was Director of Human Resources for Diamond Power Specialty Company, a subsidiary of McDermott Corporation. Pickens served twenty-four years with the U.S. Army, retiring as a Colonel in 1992. During his military career, Pickens served as an infantry and military police officer and interfaced with law enforcement organizations on all levels.
About Cyalume Technologies
Cyalume Technologies is the world leader in the chemiluminescent industry providing dependable light for uses by militaries, police, fire and other public safety organizations in the U.S., NATO countries and the Middle East. Cyalume's chemical lights are depended on in emergencies such as blackouts, industrial accidents, acts of terrorism and natural disasters. A full complement of Military grade Cyalume® brand, Industrial grade SnapLight® brand and Consumer grade SafetyBright® brand emergency lighting solutions are manufactured at its plant in West Springfield, MA.
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