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Senior Leadership Team

Kyle Loudermilk

Chief Executive Officer, President

Kyle Loudermilk is the CEO and President of GSE Systems and also serves as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He is a technology executive whose 25 year career has focused on growing technology companies through organic growth, geographic expansion and M&A, creating significant shareholder value along the way.

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Mr. Loudermilk was the VP of Operations - Technology and VP of Corporate Development at MicroStrategy, a company focused on business intelligence, big data, and mobile identity solutions. He was the VP of Product Management at Datatel, now known as Ellucian, a firm focused on higher education solutions, growing the company significantly through new product introduction during his tenure. Mr. Loudermilk held management roles including VP of the Design and Simulation Business Unit and VP of R&D/Operations at Aspen Technology. He began his career as a Process Engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation. He earned his B.S. and M.S. from Columbia University in chemical engineering, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School having completed The General Manager Program.

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Chris Sorrells

Chief Operating Officer

Chris Sorrells is GSE Systems’ Chief Operating Officer and also serves as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He is an action-oriented leader with 25 years of exceptional private and public company business experience; involvement ranges from operating roles, advisory, investment and Board level (start-up to $1+ billion in revenue).

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He joined GSE from NGP Energy Technology Partners, our largest institutional investor, where he served as both a Managing Director and Operating Partner. He also held positions with Clarity Partners, Banc of America Securities and Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Sorrells holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.

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Emmett Pepe

Chief Financial Officer

Emmett Pepe is GSE Systems’ Chief Financial Officer. He brings to GSE 30 years of experience in finance management across a variety of business sectors with a focus on the software and telecommunications industries. Mr. Pepe specializes in financial reporting, international accounting operations, systems integration, internal controls and process improvements.

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Prior to joining GSE, Mr. Pepe served as Senior Vice President Finance and Worldwide Controller, at MicroStrategy, Inc., a company focused on business intelligence, big data, and mobile identity solutions. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Virginia, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Virginia Society of CPAs.

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Dr. Bahram Meyssami

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Meyssami is GSE Systems’ Chief Technology Officer. He brings to GSE more than 25 years of experience in complex enterprise-level software development and delivery for engineering, education and analytics. He has held multiple technology leadership roles in several organizations developing state-of-the-art software technology and growing effective technology teams focused on delivery of customer-aligned value.

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He served as Director of Software Development at Datatel, VP of Technology at BDMetrics and Director of Integrated Engineering and Software Technology Development at AspenTech. He holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland College Park.

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Dan Pugh

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Risk Management Officer

Dan Pugh is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Risk Management Officer, and Corporate Secretary for GSE Systems. He is a business attorney with more than 21 years of experience working with technology-enabled software and service companies. Mr. Pugh’s core areas of expertise are licensing software, negotiating contracts, developing and commercializing technology, establishing intellectual property, and creating best in class corporate practices.

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He earned his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of the Maryland Law Review, and an MBA from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business. Mr. Pugh also is a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

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Gill Grady

Senior Vice President - Corporate Business Development/Acquisition Integration

Gill Grady is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development and Acquisition Integration with GSE Systems. He has been with GSE and its predecessor, The Singer Company, for 35 years, serving in leadership roles such as SVP of Marketing and Business Development, SVP of the Strategic Business Unit, and VP of GSE Process Solutions. Mr. Grady holds a B.S. in marketing from Virginia Tech.

Ravi Khanna

Senior Vice President - Professional Services

Ravi Khanna is the Senior Vice President of Professional Services. He brings over 18 years of complex software architecture and delivery practices from Defense, Satellite Telecommunications, and Digital Services Consulting to GSE. Prior to GSE, he held leadership positions in the Technical Architecture practice at Accenture LLP as well as ViaSat, Inc. 

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Mr. Khanna has earned multiple degrees including a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, a M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a M.S. in Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

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Paul Abbott

President of Hyperspring LLC and Absolute Consulting Inc.

As the President of GSE subsidiaries Hyperspring LLC and Absolute Consulting Inc., Paul is in charge of the company's Nuclear Industry Consulting & Training group. He has been a principal of Hyperspring helping grow that business since 2007. Prior to joining Hyperspring, he was a senior reactor operator at two different U.S. nuclear facilities and served in the U.S. Navy. He earned his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Excelsior College.