Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Kenny Cushing is our Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Kenny has over 27 years of diverse business leadership, management consulting, and military experience across the private sector, Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Federal Civilian Agencies.
Prior to joining NetCentrics, Kenny served as the Senior Vice President of Defense at Avantus Federal, leading their largest division. He has held multiple senior executive roles to include Chief Marketing Officer and Head of New Cyber Products for General Dynamics Mission Systems; led two start-ups at The Odin Group and Pivvit; served as the CTO of the Mission Operations Directorate at the National Reconnaissance Office; and, as a management consultant and Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.
Kenny is a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force (Reserves) and in this role he is the senior DoD official at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security.
Kenny is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He holds advanced degrees from American Military University and The George Washington University and completed Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Program for Cybersecurity and McKinsey & Company’s MBA program in connection with Harvard Business School.
Kenny is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). He is married to his best friend, Chelsea, and has three sons, Logan, Adrien, and Dorian.
Jacob Sapp is our Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors at NetCentrics. Jacob has over 20 years of experience working in the GovCon industry, supporting defense, intelligence, and civilian customers. His background prior to joining NetCentrics includes running his own consulting firm as well as holding executive positions at ASRC Federal and URS Federal Services, now Amentum. He has extensive experience in hands-on senior leadership roles responsible for finance, operations, M&A, and strategic pricing.
Jacob received his B.S. in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Mary Washington. He’s a licensed CPA in Virginia and holds a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute. He and his wife, Kelly, have four sons.
Mr. Krivo is a Managing Director for Cerberus Operations, the Firm’s industry-leading operating platform. In his role, he serves as a Senior Operating Executive for Defense and Aerospace investment opportunities and operations.
From 2016 to 2021, Mr. Krivo served in numerous senior roles, including as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors at DynCorp International, a multibillion-dollar aerospace and defense services company. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Krivo spearheaded operational and strategic growth initiatives to strengthen the business, which culminated in DynCorp’s sale to a strategic buyer.
From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Krivo served as a Managing Director of Cerberus Operations, where he provided oversight on operational performance and strategic planning to Cerberus portfolio companies. Mr. Krivo also held numerous executive positions at Science Applications International Corporation and DRS Technologies.
Mr. Krivo retired from active duty in the United States Army after more than two decades of service in a variety of command and staff positions. They included policy advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staffs (China/Taiwan); strategy advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army; senior military spokesperson for all Coalition Military Forces in Iraq; Joint Operations Officer for a Task Force responsible for the Air & Missile Defense of the State of Israel; and Mechanized Task Force Commander in Tuzla, Bosnia. Mr. Krivo is the Chairman of the Board at Tier One Group, and serves on the Boards of Source Code, NetCentrics, and Red River. Mr. Krivo also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the leading national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes.
Mr. Krivo earned his Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College, and is a graduate of the CEO Academy from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Naccarato joined Cerberus in 2000 and is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Credit Officer of Cerberus Business Finance, Cerberus’ middle-market direct lending platform.
Mr. Naccarato provides operational oversight for Cerberus Business Finance, which includes approximately 70 professionals across three offices in the United States. Additionally, in his role, Mr. Naccarato is responsible for overseeing the business’ credit function and is active in the turnaround positions for the portfolio. Cerberus Business Finance has become a recognized leader and innovator in the leveraged financed industry, with one of the largest origination platforms in the United States.
Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Naccarato was Head of Credit at Bank of America Commercial Funding, where he was responsible for managing all aspects of credit relating to a loan portfolio consisting of middle market asset-backed credit facilities. At Bank of America, he was instrumental in establishing the small ticket asset-based lending division. He began his career at The CIT Group in 1993 and in 1996, transitioned to LS&CO, a mid-size regional accounting firm later acquired by Weiser LLP.
Mr. Naccarato graduated from SUNY Oneonta and holds a CPA. Mr. Naccarato is a member of the Cerberus Capital Management Credit/Lending Committee
Mr. Nixon is Head of Strategic Investments for Cerberus. In his role, he focuses on investment opportunities with the potential to drive technological, security, and defense advancements across sectors and geographies.
For over a decade, Mr. Nixon has partnered with Cerberus and its affiliates across a diverse array of projects and investments. He has been a Managing Director with Cerberus’ industry-leading operations team, Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, and has served on the Board of Directors for several Cerberus portfolio companies, including most recently Navistar Defense, where he is Chairman, and Sparton Corporation.
Prior to rejoining Cerberus in 2021, Mr. Nixon served in a variety of senior executive roles leading significant global strategic and operational initiatives. His experience includes leadership roles at DynCorp International (a Cerberus portfolio company), CH2M Incorporated, McKinsey and Company, and Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. He also served as an executive advisor to Tracker Capital Management, a venture capital investor founded by Cerberus Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer Steve Feinberg that invests in high-potential technology growth companies.
Prior to his career in the private sector, Mr. Nixon served in senior positions in the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. His technology experience includes being a licensed patent attorney, serving as Special Intellectual Property counsel for the Defense Department, and being a commercial litigator at the international law firm of Howrey and Simon.
Mr. Nixon has a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University. He is also a retired Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer (Lt. Colonel).
He is a recent adjunct professor of law at Howard University Law School and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund as well as the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Washington and the Executive Leadership Council.
Mr. Howard joined Cerberus in 2022 and is a Vice President for Cerberus Business Finance,
Cerberus’ middle-market direct lending platform. Mr. Howard is responsible for various aspects
of the lending platform and is active in the monitoring of investments including select
turnaround positions. Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Howard was a Vice President at Imperial
Capital, LLC in its Investment Banking Group, primarily focusing on middle-market M&A and
special situation financing transactions in the technology and business services sectors. Mr.
Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bucknell University.
Mr. Berger is a Senior Vice President on Cerberus’ Supply Chain and Strategic Opportunities team, which invests in businesses driving next-generation technologies and capabilities that advance supply chain integrity. In his role he is responsible for sourcing, structuring, and monitoring of portfolio investments. Since joining Cerberus in 2013, he has served on company boards across industries and lifecycles. Mr. Berger holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan.
John Felker is President of Morse Alpha Associates, Inc., a cyber leadership consultancy, serves as a member of the Parsons Corporation Senior Advisory Board, Executive Director for Cyber Security at Seebald Group International and is a Senior Advisor to the Chertoff Group, the Maritime Transportation System ISAC, SRM, an international cyber intelligence, response, and resilience company.
Felker is the former Assistant Director for Integrated Operations, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and previously served as the Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center from 2015 to 2019. Prior to joining CISA, Felker worked as Director of Cyber and Intelligence Strategy for HP Enterprise Services and in a 30-year career, served as Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command; Commander, Coast Guard Cryptologic Group, as Executive Assistant to the Director of Coast Guard Intelligence and commanded the cutters CAPE UPRIGHT and RED CEDAR.
Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. (Ret.) was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. There, in support of the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, he led the development and implementation of policy directly supporting global operations, force management, weather, training and readiness across air, space and cyber fields. He served as the Air Force Operations Deputy to the Air Force Chief of Staff.
Lt. Gen. Guastella entered the Air Force in 1987 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was a command pilot with more than 4,000 flight hours in the F-16 and A-10. He served multiple combat tours and instructed at the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School. Lt. Gen. Guastella commanded the 555th Fighter Squadron, “Triple Nickel,” Aviano Air Base, Italy, the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, and the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram, Afghanistan. Prior to this, Lt. Gen. Guastella was the Commander, Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid AB, Qatar.
His staff assignments as a general officer included Deputy Director of Strategic Plans and Programs, A8, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va., Deputy Director of Requirements, J8, Joint Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Casteau Belgium, and Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado.
Lt. Gen. Guastella (Ret.) is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, National War College and the Senior Executive Fellows program.
Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. (Ret.)’s full bio can be found here.