MEADS International has recently announced their new executives. The new President of MEADS is David Begaini, he was the Chief Engineer for MEADS in 2007. Volker Wiedemann is the New Vice-President, and the new Chief Operating Officer. Wiedemann was in charge of implementing the requirements of the MEADS System, and its 6 elements. MEADS is the system that will replace the Patriot in the United States, and the Nike Hercules in Italy.
David Berganini has been named President of MEADS International (MI) by its Board of Directors. MI is the transatlantic joint venture developing the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) , a next-generation, ground-mobile air and missile defense system that will replace Patriot.
Berganini has 23 years of systems engineering and program management experience, and was named Chief Engineer for MEADS International in 2007. In this role, he was responsible for Mission Success across all facets of the system/subsystem technical design and was the architect for the incremental Critical Design Review (CDR) that led to tri-national approval of the MEADS design in August 2010. He also led the industry team working with the NATO MEADS Management Agency (NAMEADSMA) to implement a low-risk optimized program for integration and test of the advanced air and missile defense system. Berganini was previously director of Systems Engineering at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, responsible for technical and personnel leadership and oversight of the Systems Engineering Department.
He succeeds Steve Barnoske, who led MI through successful completion of the CDR phase of the MEADS program. Barnoske guided the program team to successful tri-national approval of the MEADS system design and set in motion an organizational transition from design to integration and test efforts. He moves into a new leadership position in the Tactical Missiles line of business at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
The Board of Directors also named Volker Weidemann as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, upon the retirement of Klaus Riedel in January. Weidemann has served MI for the past 5 years as director of System Engineering, Integration, and Test (SEIT) and was responsible for coordinating tri-national design efforts at six development locations. He was responsible for development and implementation of design requirements for the MEADS system and its six major end items. During his tenure, he led the technical team through the transition from design, including a successful Preliminary Design Review and Critical Design Review, to initial build and test efforts. Retired as an officer in the German air force, he has over 20 years of engineering management and air defense experience. He previously served as SEIT Deputy Director and has been associated with the MEADS program for over 12 years.