- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 26, 2004

Donnie R. Marshall, a former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, is the newest president of a Chantilly investigation services contractor.

Omnisec International Investigations Inc. conducts background investigations primarily on people seeking U.S. government clearances at agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and Office of Personnel Management.

Mr. Marshall, 57, joined the company in October as president and general manager after a 32-year career with the federal government. He joined the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in 1969 and worked his way up to be DEA administrator from June 1999 to July 2001.

He also has served as senior vice president and group manager for global security solutions and services at the McLean office of Science Applications International Corp., a San Diego research and engineering company.

Mr. Marshall is responsible for Omnisec’s strategic planning, budget and day-to-day operations. The company, with about 500 employees, is expected to finish the year with $60 million in sales.

He said he took the position because of Omnisec’s government contract work, which makes up the bulk of the company’s sales.

“Public service is deeply ingrained in my heart and soul, and Omnisec is the kind of company that will be an extension to my years in public service,” he said. “I’m proud to still be on the edges of public service.”

Although he is overseeing all components of the business, Mr. Marshall said, he is paying more attention to Omnisec’s delivery of services.

“I believe the best business development tool is timely and efficient delivery of highest-quality service to your existing customers,” Mr. Marshall said. “Once you take care of that, the rest of the business almost takes care of itself.”

Julien G. Patterson, president and chief executive of Omnisec’s parent company, Omniplex World Services Corp., said Mr. Marshall’s experience in the public and private sectors made him the ideal candidate.

“Donnie has mastered a combination of skills by understanding the government standpoint, in selecting a contractor within a budget, while understanding the business standpoint of acquiring government customers,” Mr. Patterson said.

Mr. Marshall lives in Oak Hill with his wife, Catherine Pressler, and their three children.

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