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MRIGlobal Appoints Dean Gray, PH.D., to Vice President Position

by MRIGlobal | Aug 12, 2020

Former Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division will lead growing Defense business group

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dean Gray, Ph.D., has been appointed Vice President of Defense at MRIGlobal. Dr. Gray most recently served as Director of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division.

gray_dean11In this new role, Dr. Gray will manage all aspects of MRIGlobal’s Defense business group, overseeing its client relationships, business portfolios, opportunity and program management. He will also serve as a member of the Executive Management Team and participate in the organization’s overall management and strategic business planning. 

“Dean is the natural choice to lead MRIGlobal’s growing portfolio of business in national security and defense,” said Thomas Sack, Ph.D., president and CEO, MRIGlobal. “Under Dean’s leadership, the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance division has grown steadily through diverse national security and defense programs and, more recently, through the success of MRIGlobal’s lines of transportable biocontainment systems and mobile, portable laboratories.” 

Dr. Gray also led the formation of MRIGlobal’s Office of Strategy Management, which provides oversight for corporate transformation initiatives.

Dr. Gray joined MRIGlobal in 2002 as a staff scientist researching natural products for the National Institutes of Health and for the Department of Defense.  He earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2019, Dr. Gray was selected for inclusion in the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City’s 41st Kansas City Tomorrow leadership class.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, which manages the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

About MRIGlobal

MRIGlobal addresses some of the world’s greatest threats and challenges. Founded in 1944 as an independent, non-profit organization, we perform contract research for government, industry, and academia. Our customized solutions in national security and defense and health include research and development capabilities in clinical research support, infectious disease and biological threat agent detection, global biological engagement, in vitro diagnostics, and laboratory management and operations. MRIGlobal is one of two partners in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, which manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, for the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information, visit

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