News: DCMA change of leadership: Russell becomes acting director
Story by Mark Woodbury
FORT LEE, Va. - James M. Russell became the acting director of the Defense Contract Management Agency after Katrina G. McFarland, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), passed the DCMA colors to him today, during a change of leadership ceremony at Homer Hall, the agency’s headquarters building.
Referring to Russell taking on the additional responsibility of acting director for the agency, McFarland said she has worked with him for many years. “I am extremely confident, as is the Department of Defense staff and leadership, in his ability to perform his role as acting director of DCMA.”
“So trust in him, we certainly do,” she said. “We believe he will do an excellent job and will continue on the path of excellence that has been laid down.”
Charlie E. Williams, outgoing director, said he couldn’t think of a better person at this time to lead the agency.
“Jim knows DCMA like no one else,” he said. “He is well equipped to lead this organization. He will rise to the challenges that come with the position. He is the right person, in the right place, at the right time.”
Williams said Russell will have the opportunity to lead some of the most talented people he has had a chance to work with over his thirty plus years of service.
After receiving the DCMA colors, Russell concluded the ceremony by thanking Williams for his mentorship.
“Williams elevated the stature of the organization and has given us a better seat at the table,” he said. “Because of this we will be eternally thankful.”
Russell added that Williams has left him in a position where he can comfortably take on the responsibility of acting director and is excited to work with a leadership team he sees as “second to none.”
“We are ready. This agency stands ready to move forward” he said. “I can say this because I know the great people who make up this organization. I know the passion they have for what they do. I know their passion for doing what is right for the taxpayer and the warfighter.”