Retired Air Force general Handy joins SkyBitz board

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SkyBitz, a provider of remote asset tracking and information management, announced that U.S. Air Force Gen. John W. Handy (ret.) has joined its board of directors, intended to further the company’s position in the government arena. Handy was the Commander of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and Air Mobility Command from 2001 to 2005. USTRANSCOM is the single largest logistics provider for air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense (DOD).

Since becoming DOD’s Distribution Process Owner in September 2003, USTRANSCOM is the single entity to direct and supervise the execution of the strategic distribution system. The command also manages the supply chain related Information Technology systems and has the authority to establish a contracting activity for procurement of commercial transportation services. Combining his 39 years of experience and expertise in defense and commercial, transportation, logistics, and global supply chains, General Handy is in a unique position to significantly improve strategy and government customer focus at SkyBitz.

“If I had known about the capabilities available from SkyBitz while I was at USTRANSCOM, I believe we would have been able to provide an even greater level of supply chain visibility, control and security throughout our theaters of operation,” said General Handy. “I am excited to put my knowledge of the defense and commercial supply chain operations towards helping SkyBitz create even greater applications, solutions and value to the defense industry and the companies that support it.”

“General Handy brings a new expertise to SkyBitz’s Board of Directors and will help us with our government strategy,” said Homaira Akbari, SkyBitz President and CEO. “This is a critical step for SkyBitz in furthering our commitment to the public sector.”

SkyBitz formally launched its Government Solutions Group last year and received GSA contract approval in December 2010. The company provides remote asset management solutions based on advanced technology built from grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).