Business Development hire reflects growing demand for Deep Applied Creativity to address evolving challenges facing public and private sectors

WASHINGTON, DC – RL Leaders announced today that Darren West has joined their senior leadership team as Vice President of Solutions and Senior Program Manager. In this newly established role West will lead business development efforts and work directly with clients to meet their needs. Known for connecting the brightest, most creative minds from the entertainment industry with national security professionals seeking to apply innovative solutions to our nation’s most vexing security challenges, RL Leaders has identified growing demand for their services in the private and non-profit sectors.

“The compounding crises facing the public and private sectors alike in these extraordinary times will not be met doing things the way they’ve always been done,” said RL Leaders CEO John Rogers. “Deep Applied Creativity, change management, and innovation for impact have always been at the core of what we provide. We are thrilled to have Darren join our team as he is uniquely qualified to enhance our ability to meet those growing needs, and ensure we can continue to tackle the hardest challenges facing organizations.”

West joins RL Leaders after 12 years with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Defense and Military Intelligence Account. He led programs of 90+ staff, supported proposals totaling billions of dollars, and has generated millions of dollars of revenue through the development of original service offerings in data science, financial intelligence, and knowledge management. His clients included offices within the Department of Defense, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“RL Leaders’ approach to unlocking creativity is truly unique,” said West. “As the public and private sectors re-imagine the future – with an eye towards the post-pandemic landscape – it has never been more critical to look at challenges differently and design workable solutions to address them. I joined RL Leaders because this team shares my belief in the power of creativity, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to apply our creativity-based capabilities to help clients shape their new realities.”

RL Leaders has connected national security officials with entertainment technologies and creative artists for more than a decade. Leveraging the entertainment industry’s most creative and innovative minds has brought disruptive, energetic solutions, training, and operational enhancements to the national security community that transform the world into a safer place.

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