USGIF CEO Stepping Down after 10 Years

Keith Masback Promoted CEO; Aimee McGranahan Named COO

Herndon, VA, March 27, 2013-– After nearly 10 years as the head of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stu Shea is stepping down as CEO. Shea announced his decision at the quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors, held earlier this month. The Board appointed USGIF President Keith J.Masback to replace Shea.

Masback will serve as the CEO, effective immediately, and Shea will remain the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Also during the meeting, USGIF Vice President of Operations Aimee McGranahan was named to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). These changes highlight the Foundation’s evolution of leadership to where the organization no longer requires both a CEO and President.

"These two promotions reflect the respect and confidence the Board of Directors have for both Keith and Aimee, and the leadership success they have achieved for the Foundation, its Membership and the GEOINT Community," said Shea. "Since Keith joined USGIF five years ago, he has helped set the strategic direction and grow the Foundation into the respected organization it is today."

Masback joined USGIF in March 2008 after more than 20 years of military and government service. Masback came to USGIF from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where he was a Senior Executive. He began his professional career in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer in the Berlin Brigade, later transitioning to military intelligence, serving at XVIII Airborne Corps and on the Army Staff.

McGranahan, who has been with USGIF since its founding in 2004, oversees the Foundation’s day-to-day business. Prior to joining USGIF, she worked as a project manager at Northrop Grumman TASC for the Space and Intelligence Operating Unit.

“Much of the heart and soul of USGIF can be directly attributed to Aimee and her passion for the mission," said Shea. "Ten years ago, she helped create USGIF, and I can think of no one better suited to serve as the Foundation's COO and help lead us into the future."


USGIF is a non-profit educational foundation focused on building the community, advancing the tradecraft, and accelerating innovation. It is the only organization dedicated to bringing together the GEOINT Community to include government, industry, academia, professional organizations and individuals whose mission is the development and application of geospatial intelligence to address national security challenges. For more information, please visit


Shameka Jordan,
Marketing Manager,
United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation,
Tel.: 703-793-0109, ext. 114
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