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Leadership Bios - Praveen Bahethi

Praveen Bahethi, President

A personable and driven executive with a background in managing large and small technology firms in a variety of industries, Praveen became SSAI’s President in 2021 with the goal of returning the company to its focus on innovation in science and engineering. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Chemical Engineering, Praveen served in the United States Marine Corps, where he earned a Master in Science of Business Administration from Boston University before transitioning to the private sector. He has been a founder of multiple technology companies, having acquired and merged a variety of firms specializing in technology solutions. With an eye for efficiency and productivity, Praveen is committed to furthering his parents’ vision of working to improve the quality of life today and into the future.

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Leadership Bios - Rachit Mahajan

Rachit Mahajan, Chief Financial Officer

Rachit joined SSAI’s leadership team in 2021 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, bringing with him decades of experience in the areas of finance, government contracting, business, and taxation. Prior to joining SSAI, Rachit ran a financial consulting company, advising on mortgage lending, investing, finance, auditing, taxation, and other outsourced CFO services. With an educational background in finance, taxation, and commerce, Rachit has already applied his knowledge to improving legacy accounting systems and processes and looks forward to continuing to help the company grow.

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Leadership Bios - Jonathan Kelly

Jonathan Kelly, Chief Operating Officer

Before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2021, Jonathan led the Science, Technology, and Research Support Services (STARSS) contract at NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC) from 2018-2021 after heading the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) contract at GSFC from 2012-2018. Prior to joining SSAI, Jonathan served with distinction in various Air Force leadership positions including as a Division Chief at the Air Force Research Laboratory and as the Commander of an Operational Weather Squadron.  Jonathan is currently the Vice President of the Virginia Aerospace Business Association (VASBA) and is a past President of the Goddard Contractors’ Association (GCA) and a co-founder of the Goddard Advocacy Partnership (GAP), highly visible roles in which he interfaced with Goddard and Langley leaders in advancing industry-government relations and advocacy for our industry with congressional and business leaders.

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