Rockville, MD, July 15, 2015/PRNewswire/ — NIKA, a global provider of architecture, engineering, facilities and operations and maintenance solutions to government, announced today that Usman Shakir has joined the executive leadership team as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Shakir will serve as a strategic partner to President and Chief Executive Officer Kabir Chaudhary and lead a variety of management functions, including accounting, analytics, financial planning and corporate development and expansion.
“Usman is extremely well qualified to serve as Chief Financial Officer,” said Kabir Chaudhary, President and Chief Executive Officer. “His deep leadership experience will be a strong complement to our executive team and will prove invaluable as we continue to drive our financial and strategic growth.”
Shakir is a seasoned finance and operations leader with well over 20 years of corporate experience in Finance, Operations, and Strategy. Focused primarily in the areas of technology, software, internet, and government contracting, his functional expertise includes M&A transactions, business valuations, risk management, treasury, business strategy and operational infrastructure development.
Commenting on his new role, “I’m looking forward to working with the firm’s outstanding leadership to take the firm to the next level,” said Shakir. “We have an experienced and enthusiastic group of professionals in place and an infrastructure that can support growth and innovation. The possibilities at NIKA are endless!”
Before joining NIKA, Shakir served in Senior Corporate Finance roles with Berico, Deltek and AOL, where he led Finance Operations for divisions with revenue exceeding $100M respectively. Earlier in his career, Shakir worked in various Finance roles for a private equity firm in Toronto, Canada, GE Capital, and began his career in Public Accounting with Big 4 firm KPMG in Stamford, Connecticut.
Usman has completed course work through the Executive MBA program at The Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park. Usman currently serves on the Boards of two other Washington, D.C. based companies, and was recognized as a top 5 finalist during the 2012 NVTC CFO of the Year Awards.
NIKA is revolutionizing how businesses and governments design, build and manage real property. By combining architecture, engineering, enterprise technology, and facilities operations management services all under one roof, we are able to provide unparalleled value to our clients. With nearly two decades of experience serving organizations across the world, NIKA provides exceptional client service that is designed to enhance operational excellence and readiness while meeting mission objectives.