Washington, November 7, 2012 — Nathaniel Fick, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), will step down at the end of the month from his position at CNAS to become the Chief Executive Officer of Endgame, Inc., a leading venture-backed provider of advanced cyber security solutions. Mr. Fick has led CNAS since 2009 and will remain on the Center's Board of Directors. As CEO of Endgame, he will be responsible for building the company's commercial and federal business.
During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Fick developed key relationships with civilian and military leaders and policymakers, establishing CNAS as a leading nonpartisan national security and defense policy research institution. He also recruited top talent from government, academia, and the military, enhancing the Center's expertise in critical national security issues. "When we asked Nate to lead CNAS we knew he would be charismatic and in tune with the young men and women who are the backbone of the organization. What we didn't know, and now keenly appreciate, was how strong he would be in building organizational processes and support. CNAS' power as a convener and impact on policymakers are built on the institutional strengths Nate created. We are immensely indebted to him for the nearly four years he gave us," said Dr. Richard Danzig, Chairman of the CNAS Board of Directors.
A Board-led search for a new Chief Executive Officer is underway and is being chaired by Dr. Danzig. A position announcement is available on the CNAS website here.
CNAS President Richard Fontaine and Executive Vice President and Director of Studies Dr. Kristin Lord will continue to lead the Center through this transition. "We will miss Nate, who has been a terrific leader and brought CNAS through its early years with great success. He leaves behind two great partners in Richard and Kristin, who will continue to lead CNAS," said CNAS board member and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. "Richard and Kristin will provide CNAS with creative leadership and continuity as we seek a CEO to work with them in leading CNAS into a new era," said CNAS co-founder Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, who joined the CNAS Board of Directors earlier this year following her tenure at the Department of Defense.
Mr. Fick joined CNAS in 2007 as a fellow and was also the Center's chief operating officer before becoming CEO. Prior to joining CNAS, Mr. Fick served as a Marine Corps infantry officer. He took part in the earliest phases of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2001 and 2002 and led a reconnaissance unit during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He served in 2007 as a civilian instructor at the Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Academy in Kabul, and in 2008 on the Presidential Transition Team at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the author of the 2005 New York Times bestseller One Bullet Away.
"I am honored to have been a part of CNAS since its founding. I love the place and have enjoyed my tenure there immensely," said Mr. Fick. "CNAS has a very bright future ahead of it, and I look forward to remaining involved as a member of the board."
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent and nonpartisan research institution that develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.