ByteCubed acquires marketing and design agency CHIEF

ByteCubed, a portfolio company of Enlightenment Capital, has acquired Washington, D.C.-based CHIEF, a marketing and design agency. No financial terms were disclosed.


Chevy Chase, Maryland – September 4, 2018: Enlightenment Capital, an Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) focused investment firm based in the Washington, DC area, announced its portfolio company ByteCubed has acquired CHIEF, a full-service creative agency that specializes in marketing, branding, creative design, media, technology, and online user experience. The acquisition provides ByteCubed with complementary design and technology solutions that, when combined with ByteCubed’s existing IT transformation capabilities, will deliver immediate benefits to ByteCubed’s customers.

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Washington, DC, CHIEF is a full-service marketing and design agency that provides high-impact technology and brand communications solutions to public and private sector clients. With advanced and integrated strategy, creative, and development teams, CHIEF’s services provide immediate long-term benefits to their clients looking to build brand loyalty, improve user experiences, and create new possibilities.

“CHIEF’s proven approach to marketing and design improves the user experience and makes them an ideal fit within the ByteCubed platform,” said Devin Talbott, Managing Partner of Enlightenment Capital. “We are excited about ByteCubed’s growth trajectory and look forward to continuing our partnership with them as they grow, both organically and through M&A.”

“Our acquisition of CHIEF fits perfectly into our long-term growth strategy,” said Ahmad Ishaq, ByteCubed Founder and Chief Innovation Officer. “We are looking forward to offering our clients a more comprehensive suite of services that complements the work we are already doing.”

ByteCubed recently brought on Lena Trudeau as CEO to help drive their growth. Lena previously held the position of Co-Founder and CEO of Nuage Cloud Strategies after leading Amazon Web Services’ expansion into global markets and serving as Associate Commissioner for Innovation at the General Services Administration (GSA). “Bringing CHIEF into the ByteCubed family is incredibly exciting for our whole team,” said Trudeau. “Combining the leading-edge technology of ByteCubed with the world-class creative team at CHIEF means we can better help our clients solve their most critical and complex challenges.”

About ByteCubed
Founded in 2010, ByteCubed is a high-impact consulting firm, dedicated to providing innovative solutions to commercial and federal customers. Their unique blend of domain and technology expertise allows them to deeply understand their clients’ businesses and tailor their approach to address the most complex challenges. ByteCubed is dedicated to providing its customers with the best in service to empower them to achieve their missions. 2018 marked the third year in a row that ByteCubed was included in the Inc. 500 as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. For more information, visit

About Enlightenment Capital
Enlightenment Capital, a Washington, DC area based private investment firm, provides senior debt, mezzanine debt, and equity to middle market companies in the Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) sector. The firm partners with businesses that provide vital services, protect critical infrastructure, innovate cyber and data solutions, enhance decision making capabilities, engineer aerospace systems, safeguard national security, and endeavor to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. For more information, visit