Louis Andre is the CEO of Expert System USA, Inc.
Mr. Andre has a distinguished career in security and intelligence in the public and private sector. He most recently served as COO for Kiernan Group Holdings and previously as Senior Vice President for Intelligence Business Strategy at CACI International.
Mr. Andre spent his public sector career with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) where he held a variety of senior roles in analytics and management, including as Chief of the Global Analysis Division and Chief and founding member of the Counterterrorism Branch, the organizational precursor to the Joint Intelligence Task Force – Combating Terrorism. His final role at DIA included the dual responsibilities of Chief of Staff and COO. Among other achievements, he received the Presidential Rank Award for both Distinguished Executive and Meritorious Executive. Mr. Andre attended the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, the Federal Executive Institute, the Intelligence Fellows Program, and the Program for Senior Officials in National Security at Harvard University.
Giuseppe Strafforello – Executive Vice President and CTO
Giuseppe Strafforello is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Expert System USA, Inc. Mr. Strafforello’s diverse professional background includes key roles in technology organizations as a computer programmer, technologist, and researcher and developer.
Mr. Strafforello’s initial career afforded him the opportunity to address mission-critical, high-performance database applications in the finance domain.
Subsequently, he was the co-founder of Hicare (now Hicare Research), which in 2013 was included by Gartner in their Magic Quadrant for CPM. He personally designed and implemented new technology that became the basis for a flagship product, Lilith Enterprise (now Luna Decision). More recently he performed research and development for an innovative approach to database management systems, with a specific invention that was not disclosed by the funding entity. Over time, Mr. Strafforello focused his expertise on natural language processing technology, with the dual role of technical management and research and development. Mr. Strafforello’s educational background is a richly interdisciplinary – he has an MS in Physics from Torino University, Italy and an MA in Music from the Conservatory of Torino, Italy.
Jeffrey Rote – Chief Analytics Officer
Jeffrey Rote is the Chief Analytics Officer at Expert System USA, Inc.
He most recently served as a Senior Analyst for Kiernan Group Holdings. Mr. Rote brings extensive intelligence and security experience to Expert System USA with a focus on the analysis of transnational threats and issues. During his nearly thirty-two years of public service, he served with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Joint Staff, the United States European Command, the Joint Special Operations Command, and the former Defense Mapping Agency.
Mr. Rote held several Senior Executive Service positions to include Chief, Joint Threat Finance Intelligence Office, DIA; Deputy Director for Analysis, Joint Staff Directorate for Intelligence (J2); Deputy Director for Operations Support, National Counterterrorism Center; and Deputy Director, Joint Intelligence Task Force – Combating Terrorism.
Jeffrey Rote received bachelor’s degrees in Geography and East Asian Studies from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
Chris Hughes – EVP, Business & Operations
Chris Hughes is Executive Vice President, Business & Operations of Expert System USA, Inc.
Mr. Hughes’ background consists of twenty years of military experience coupled with almost a decade in the defense industry. His military assignments included Carrier Strike Group Intelligence Officer, USS RONALD REAGAN Strike Group; Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations; Intelligence Officer Assignments Officer; and Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN Intelligence Officer. In business, Mr. Hughes previously served as Vice President, Kestrel Enterprises; Executive Director, CACI; and Capture Manager DigitalGlobe. Mr. Hughes has Masters degrees from Columbia University and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.