Post 200: Foreign companies

Monday, December 27, 2010; 40

Some foreign companies have established their U.S. headquarters in the region. The Post 200 includes those that have the most area employees. They are listed here in alphabetical order.

BAE Systems

1101 Wilson Blvd.

Suite 2000

Arlington, Va. 22209


Founded: 1999

President and CEO: Linda Parker Hudson

Employees (local): 44,000 in U.S. (5,700)

BAE Systems, the U.S. arm of the British defense firm, provides the military and intelligence communities with a variety of equipment, such as trucks and missile launchers, as well as services, such as cybersecurity and intelligence analysis. The company restructured its organization earlier this year, moving from 10 lines of business within two operating groups to five business sectors, each categorized as either a product or service sector. BAE also acquired Oasys, which designs and builds electro-optical systems for aerospace and defense.


3400 International Dr. NW

Washington, D.C. 20008


CEO: Dave McGlade

Founded: 1964

Employees (local): 1,094 (564)

The summer's FIFA World Cup was beamed from South Africa to televisions around the world via nine satellites operated by Intelsat, a company that transmits entertainment and information globally for companies, governments, broadcasters and other service providers. The 1969 lunar landing, numerous Olympic Games and Michael Jackson's 2009 memorial service have also reached international audiences thanks to Intelsat. The company, officially a subsidiary of Serafina Holdings since early 2008, increased its revenue in 2009 but still operated at a loss. Furthermore, it completed the transition of its global headquarters and jurisdiction of organization from Bermuda to Luxembourg in December 2009.

QinetiQ North America

7918 Jones Branch Dr.

Suite 350

McLean, Va. 22102


CEO: Duane Andrews

Founded: 2004

Employees (local): 5,075 (1,921)

An independent subsidiary of a British contractor, QinetiQ North America provides engineering services and equipment for several U.S. government agencies through its 14 subsidiaries. The company's portfolio contains a range of products, including defense robots, software, communication devices, unmanned vehicles and lifesaving technologies. For example, the company debuted in October seats for Army vehicles that reduce the impact of explosions on occupants. That same month, QinetiQ North America also sold its Fairfax-based Security and Intelligence Solutions unit, which works with the Defense Department and intelligence agencies, to ManTech International for $60 million in cash.


9801 Washingtonian Blvd.

Gaithersburg, Md. 20878


Founded: 1966 in Marseilles, France

President and CEO: George Chavel

Employees (local) 125,000 (6,132)

Sodexo is the nation's largest food and facilities management company, running cafeterias at corporations, hospitals, universities, military bases and federal agencies. Despite taking on numerous new clients, including BAE Systems, Google and Toyota, Sodexo had a modest decline in corporate revenue in North America as companies reduced discretionary spending. Some employees protested low wages, with housekeepers at Whittier College in California and food service workers at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., going on strike. The company agreed to pay a $20 million fine after the New York state attorney general alleged it violated rules governing the operations of school lunch programs.

Volkswagen Group of America

2200 Ferdinand Porsche Dr.

Herndon, VA 20171


Founded: 1955

President and CEO: Jonathan Browning

Employees (local): 3,500 (400)

The German automaker, which commands about 2 percent of the U.S. auto market share, is moving further in its plan to increase volume by differentiating its domestic and global products with cars designed specifically for American tastes. After the American subsidiary's president and chief executive, Stefan Jacoby, left to run Volvo, Volkswagen Group replaced him in September with Jonathan Browning, a General Motors and Ford veteran. Browning will oversee the introduction of a mid-size sedan designed strictly for U.S. buyers. In 2010, sales rose 20 percent, partly attributed to the launch of its new 2011 Jetta as well as its first hybrid, the 2011 Touareg.

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