Courtney B. Spaeth, CEO growth[period]
Courtney B. Spaeth is a recognized expert in business development and corporate growth. She has widespread experience in both the public and private sectors and is a sought after speaker on a broad range of business and leadership issues. Spaeth founded growth[period] in 2007, and as CEO she has successfully guided the company through the acquisition of Potomac Recruiting, the raising of growth capital from Morgan Stanley, as well as the development of growth[period]’s mergers and acquisition support vertical, and a rebranding initiative. As a result of her leadership, growth[period] has a proven track record of helping companies in both the commercial and federal sectors achieve smart growth through business development and also through acquisitions. growth[period]’s broad range of clients include: Lockheed Martin, Verizon, Magnetar Capital, Stanley Black and Decker, Clairvest, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Leadiant Biosciences, General Dynamics, SAB Capital, LLR Capital, and many other Fortune 500, middle market, and private equity firms in the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to founding growth[period], Spaeth served as Corporate Vice President of Homeland Security for Raytheon Company. While at Raytheon she was responsible for developing the company’s homeland security business in North America, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia, and in less than two years her efforts resulted in new revenue of over $1 billion USD. She also was one of the leaders of all related mergers and acquisitions screening for the Company in that area. Before Raytheon, Spaeth served as Director of Homeland Systems Solutions for Lockheed Martin, where she won over $3 billion USD in new business. She served on the acquisitions targeting and diligence group for Lockheed Martin Systems Management in which capacity she oversaw multiple multi-million dollar acquisitions successfully close and integrate.
In 2000, President Clinton appointed Spaeth to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict, where she was the Assistant in Charge of Global Terrorism Issues. Previously, Spaeth served as the Director of Force Health Protection for the Gulf War Illness Task Force in the Department of Defense, where she was a subject matter expert on combat stress management. Additionally, Spaeth has also worked at the Department of Justice in the Criminal Antitrust Division, and in the Office of Chief Counsel to the President in the White House.
Spaeth has extensive experience as a corporate board member and serves on the Board of Directors for a number of private companies, non-profits, and professional associations, including: Momentum Aerospace Group (MAG), (the company change control successfully as of June 2018 so Mrs. Spaeth resigned from the board), Boodle ai, Marymount University, The Stimson Center, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and Hope for the Warriors. She has recently been appointed to the Trustees Council for Women at the University of Pennsylvania. Spaeth is also on the Dean’s Advisory Council for George Mason University School of Business and is a venture partner in the NextGen Venture Capital Partners fund.
Spaeth appears regularly in national and trade media, including: Business Week, CBS News, the Washington Business Journal, Women of Influence magazine, DC Modern Luxury magazine and SmartCEO magazine. She holds a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Art Degree, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania. She also recently completed her Governance Fellowship through the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). For the past three years growth[period] has been voted in the top ten places to work by the Washington Business Journal, in 2017 growth[period] was ranked #2 in the region. Currently, Spaeth resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband and children.