Andersson Named President, COO of Schafer

Schafer Corp. , a Metalmark Capital portfolio company, said Wednesday that Mark Andersson was named president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1. Andersson recently served as COO of Applied Signal Technology.

Schafer Corporation, a leading provider of scientific, engineering, and technical services and products applied to defeating national security threats, today announced that it has appointed Mark Andersson to the newly created position of President and Chief Operating Officer, effective January 1, 2013. Mr. Andersson is a seasoned executive with a demonstrated track record of driving revenue, operating income and market share growth for providers of engineering and technical services to the federal government.

“We are pleased to welcome Mark to our leadership team,” said Michael Griffin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schafer Corporation. “His expertise and experience with companies at a similar stage of development within our industry will be invaluable as we continue to grow our company. My colleagues and I will welcome his contributions as we work to help our clients across the U.S. federal government solve highly complex and critical problems.”

Mr. Andersson recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of Applied Signal Technology Inc. In that position, he helped lead Applied Signal through a period of strong growth and expansion, culminating in the sale of the company to Raytheon. Prior to Applied Signal, Mr. Andersson worked for over 25 years in various capacities at Harris Corporation. During his tenure there, he held increasingly senior-level positions within multiple government lines of business.

“Schafer Corporation is one of the leading participants in vitally important areas of our national security, and I am excited to be joining the team,” said Mr. Andersson. “This is an important time in the history of Schafer Corporation as the need for its services has perhaps never been greater. I am looking forward to helping my new colleagues meet the needs of our clients and grow our business well into the future.”

Mr. Andersson’s educational background includes a BS in electrical engineering with distinction from the University of Virginia and an MBA in marketing management from Georgia State University. He also participated in the Leadership Directions Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School.

About Schafer Corporation

Schafer Corporation is a provider of scientific, engineering, and technical services and products applied to defeating national security threats. The Company has a national footprint supporting mission-critical programs for customers including the US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and National Security Agency (NSA). The Company has been widely recognized for its technical expertise and ability to provide objective analysis that leads to the development of innovative, problem-solving solutions. For more information, please visit

About Metalmark Capital

Metalmark Capital is a leading private equity firm whose principals have a long track record of successful investing in targeted sectors, with particular focus and competence in energy/natural resources, industrials, healthcare, and defense/government services. Metalmark Capital seeks to build long-term value through active and supportive partnerships with the companies and management teams in which it invests. Metalmark Capital, which is an investment center of Citi Capital Advisors, is currently investing its latest fund with $2.5 billion of committed capital. For more information, please visit