He brings more than 15 years of experience in strategic relationship management, transactions and providing advisory services to industry and governments, as well as practical experience in international business development, mandate marketing and growth capital for private equity.
Before joining A&M, Mr. Laba served as Director of International Development for DRS Technologies (a Finmeccanica company) identifying and defining nearly US$1 billion in growth opportunities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. As a liaison to the Carlyle Group’s venture and growth capital team, he was responsible for providing operational and financial updates, as well as conducting extensive due diligence for potential strategic relationships.
Regarding management experience, Mr. Laba has been closely involved in the daily operations of international companies, serving as a principal advisor to senior leadership in process improvement initiatives and best practice adoptions – reducing capability gaps, and providing solutions to mitigate investment risks resulting in supply chain cost reduction, sourcing efficiencies and improved rationalized capital expenditures.
He held two consecutive positions with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). In addition, Mr. Laba served as an appointee in the Administration of President George W. Bush where he held a key international negotiating role as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Defense for security, strategy and policy for the Middle East, East Asia, Africa and Latin America – charged with mandates for international development involving billions of dollars in currency and in-kind contributions from various nations.
Mr. Laba earned a BS and an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and pursued graduate-level studies in national security at Georgetown University. He also completed specialized courses at the U.S. Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam, Houston.
He served in the U.S. Army and in the U.S. Army Reserves. He also held advisory positions with the Rochester Institute of Technology, including the College of Liberal Arts Finance Committee and the Presidential Search Committee.