Enlightenment Capital, an Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) focused investment firm based in Chevy Chase, Md, announced that its portfolio company ByteCubed has acquired CHIEF, a full-service creative agency that specializes in marketing, branding, creative design, media, technology and online user experience.

“CHIEF is the company we built to keep, not to sell. And, for 32 years we surrounded ourselves with the most brilliant people & did work we were extremely proud of. But when the opportunity came to hand the keys to Lena Trudeau and be a part of the amazing work ByteCubed is doing, we couldn’t say “no”,” Scott Johnson, cofounder and principal of CHIEF, told Capitol Communicator.

According to a release, ““CHIEF’s proven approach to marketing and design improves the user experience and makes them an ideal fit within the ByteCubed platform,” said Devin Talbott, Managing Partner of Enlightenment Capital.  “We are excited about ByteCubed’s growth trajectory and look forward to continuing our partnership with them as they grow, both organically and through M&A.”

““Our acquisition of CHIEF fits perfectly into our long-term growth strategy,” said Ahmad Ishaq, ByteCubed Founder and Chief Innovation Officer.  “We are looking forward to offering our clients a more comprehensive suite of services that complements the work we are already doing.””

ByteCubed recently brought on Lena Trudeau as CEO to help drive their growth and she also will serve as CEO of CHIEF.  Trudeau previously held the position of co-founder and CEO of Nuage Cloud Strategies after leading Amazon Web Services’ expansion into global markets and serving as Associate Commissioner for Innovation at the General Services Administration (GSA).  “Bringing CHIEF into the ByteCubed family is incredibly exciting for our whole team,” said Trudeau.  “Combining the leading-edge technology of ByteCubed with the world-class creative team at CHIEF means we can better help our clients solve their most critical and complex challenges.”

Founded in 2010, ByteCubed is a high-impact consulting firm, dedicated to providing innovative solutions to commercial and federal customers.  Their unique blend of domain and technology expertise allows them to deeply understand their clients’ businesses and tailor their approach to address the most complex challenges.  ByteCubed is dedicated to providing its customers with the best in service to empower them to achieve their missions.  2018 marked the third year in a row that ByteCubed was included in the Inc. 500 as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. 

Enlightenment Capital, a private investment firm based in the Washington, D.C., area, provides senior debt, mezzanine debt, and equity to middle market companies in the Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) sector.  The firm partners with businesses that provide vital services, protect critical infrastructure, innovate cyber and data solutions, enhance decision making capabilities, engineer aerospace systems, safeguard national security, and endeavor to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

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