Founder and CEO to become chief visionary officer

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Mark Honecker Headshot

Mark Honecker Photo courtesy ITA International LLC

Newport News-based government contractor ITA International LLC has promoted Mark Honecker from chief operating officer to CEO, effective April 3, the federal contractor announced Monday.

Honecker succeeds outgoing CEO Mike Melo, who will transition to chairing ITA’s advisory board and will also take on the new position of chief visionary officer, a role in which Melo will be responsible for developing a long-term strategy for company growth and ensuring the company’s culture remains in tact. Melo and his wife, Kathy, founded ITA in 2005.

“I am more than thrilled to have Mark in this role, he is sure to exceed expectations and I know the company and our employees are in good hands,” Melo said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working closely with Mark and the leadership team to grow the company, ensure the correct leadership is in place and confirm new and existing customer relationships are intact. We have a bright future ahead of us!”

Mike Melo Headshot

Mike Melo Photo courtesy ITA International LLC

Honecker has been with ITA since 2019 in various roles of increasing responsibility. Before joining ITA, he was executive director and chief of staff for U.S Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk.

“I’m honored to be a part of this amazing organization, and I want to thank Mike and Kathy for having faith in me to lead ITA into the future,” Honecker said in a statement. “For the last 17 years, Mike has guided us, championed major initiatives and operationalized our mission and vision. I have no doubt he will continue to provide the support and leadership required to help us continue to grow as a company.”

ITA has more than 300 employees and provides services in operational support, marine engineering, cyber operations and data analysis.