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Watch out Parsons employees, here comes babblin’ Bill (Bodie)

Parsons Appoints Bodie as Energy, Systems & Security Division Manager 

Posted on : 2010-05-17 | Author : Parsons : PressRelease 
PASADENA, CA — 05/17/10 — Parsons announces the appointment of William Bodie as Manager of the Energy, Systems & Security (ESS) Division for its Infrastructure & Technology group. In this role, Mr. Bodie will lead ESS’s work in the energy, mission-critical systems, homeland security and defense, and intelligence markets — Parsons is one of the largest providers of management, engineering, environmental, and planning services to government agencies.

Prior to joining Parsons, Mr. Bodie worked for one of the world’s largest engineering, logistics, and defense services contractors. He was president and lead executive of the company’s North American Government & Defense business unit, responsible for the strategic goals, business operations, and financial performance of an enterprise with more than 25,000 employees globally. He also managed the company’s interface with the U.S. Army on LOGCAP, its largest expeditionary support services program, as well as overseeing numerous major engineering, construction, and logistics projects for the Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Air Force, and other U.S. federal and allied national security agencies.

“Bill brings to Parsons a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills from his roles as a defense services contractor, leading national security consultant, and policy adviser to the Secretary of the Air Force,” said Todd Wager, Parsons Group President. “We are committed to the government services market, and having someone of Bill’s caliber join our leadership team demonstrates that commitment.”

Mr. Bodie is a leader in strategic communications and public affairs, having served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the United States Air Force and Director of Communications at a leading global security company. He also was a Senior Fellow at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies where he directed research on national security institutions in Russia and other ex-Soviet republics. Mr. Bodie is the author of numerous articles, monographs, and book reviews on intelligence, defense, and national security. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University and a master’s degree in politics from New York University. He will be based in Washington, D.C.

Parsons, celebrating more than 65 years of growth in the engineering and construction industry, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, environmental, and defense/security. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program and construction management, professional services, and innovative alternative delivery solutions to private industrial customers worldwide, as well as federal, regional, and local government agencies. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com. (Click HERE to read the press release)


I don’t know which statement in this release is more humorous “Mr. Bodie will lead ESS’s work in the energy, mission-critical systems, homeland security and defense, and intelligence markets.”  Obviously Parsons has not read Mr. Bodie’s OpEd’s blaming victims and everyone else for KBR’s misdeeds, or they wouldn’t have put him in charge of anything having to do with intelligence. 

 Then there is this statement, “Prior to joining Parsons, Mr. Bodie worked for one of the world’s largest engineering, logistics, and defense services contractors.”  I immediately thought of “Harry Potter” and “He who must not be named” as in “The company who must not be named.”  Hmmm, KBR and Lord Voldermort BFF’s, that would explain a lot about the KBR management style. 

Parson’s has had their fair share of scandal with contracts in Iraq but the word on the street is that they have always treated their employees well.  Does this announcement mean that Parsons has decided to put the smackdown on their employees? 

Meanwhile I will spend the day with the words to “Pretend You Just Don’t Know Me” running through my head:

The next time that you see me please don’t even speak
I don’t even want you walkin’ down the same side of the street…

…Pretend you just don’t know me if we ever chance to meet

Is it KBR or Bodie who is embarrassed to admit their prior relationship?  Then again less than 7 months as the “official” President of North American Government and Defense is some really fast paced corporate bed hopping, don’t you think?

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  1. Comment by Ms Sparky:

    I think it might be Parsons who is embarrassed with Bodies prior affiliation with “you know who”!

    Was Bodie fired? Asked to resign? Quit?

  2. Comment by JHowds:

    Just last week I was told that although Bodie technically resigned, the truth is that he was forced out (read fired). Let me try to recall which of my Kuwait POCs informed me of this and I’ll get back to you. I have several direct and indirect KBR contacts here in Kuwait, add that to all of the other negative press KBR and Bodie receive, it all adds up to him getting kicked to the curb. Standby. Yes, “interim” usually tells me you either have to prove yourself first, you’re not qualified, or management prefers to have someone else fill the position.

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