The strength of JTG is in its people. Over the past 20 years, we have built a bench of multidisciplinary experts worldwide, enabling us to deliver the right services, with the right experience, at the right time. Our expertise is both deep and wide, with subject matter experts and practitioners in economics, national security, finance, politics, science, and technology.
Ahmed Shehata, President and Chief Executive Officer
Ahmed Shehata is President and CEO of JTG. The Board of Directors appointed him President in July 2013, and President and CEO in February 2016. Mr. Shehata brings more than 20 years of experience in military, international affairs, training, program management, and business development. Mr. Shehata has an excellent track record in strategic planning, innovation, and leading diverse teams. He is recognized as a visionary leader with excellent communication skills and has a deep understanding of JTG’s customers and markets. He has been instrumental in expanding JTG’s business lines, focusing on high-value services and products.
Prior to being appointed President, Mr. Shehata served as JTG’s Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. During his tenure, JTG grew 252%, expanded its offerings in existing markets, and expanded into new markets. Mr. Shehata is a US Army veteran, who, prior to joining JTG, served as a senior language officer, analyst, and business consultant.
Mr. Shehata earned a bachelor’s degree in military science from the Egyptian Military Academy and a master’s degree in intelligence studies from the American Military University.
Muriel Jérôme-O’Keeffe, Founder
Ms. Muriel Jérôme-O’Keeffe is the founder and former CEO of JTG. She continues to play an integral role in JTG, where she lends her support and expertise to the CEO and the Board. She is a recognized leader in the language and localization industry and is frequently called upon to consult on language issues impacting national security.
Ms. Jérôme-O’Keeffe founded the company in 1995 to respond to a growing need for professionalization of the language industry and to promote the integration of technology with education and language services. In 1996, JTG developed the Concept of Operations for the first online university in South East Asia. This pioneering work in the field of e-learning highlights Ms. Jérôme-O’Keeffe’s vision. She expanded the company in 2003, adding government services as a new business line. Ms. Jérôme-O’Keeffe designed a number of best-of-breed methodologies to increase productivity and accuracy in the production of language products, as well as a process to test and measure linguistic performance ability in real time.
Ms. Jérôme-O’Keeffe served on the board of the American Translators Association (ATA), the largest trade association in the language industry, as Director and President. During her tenure, Ms. Jérôme-O’Keeffe launched the effort to develop National Translation User Standards. She served on the board of the American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation (AFTI) as Director and President, which afforded her the opportunity to sponsor investment in quality education for those responsible for the future of our national security efforts. In 2000, she was appointed to the board of Semantix (acquired by Convera), a company that specialized in cross-lingual processing and computational linguistics technology.
Ms. Jérôme-O’Keeffe graduated Summa Cum Laude in English and Linguistics from Université de Haute Normandie, Rouen, France – Maîtrise.
Melda Boyd, Board Member
Melda Boyd is an experienced leader and manager, a credentialed leadership coach, and a successful businesswoman. As a manager with the Federal Government for more than 25 years, she handled a broad range of leadership challenges, including building strong teams, leading and managing change, leading business start-ups and “turn-arounds”, overseeing the development and execution of budgets in excess of $100 million, and developing talent. Her Federal service includes extensive experience in managing translation and language services operations, and her accomplishments include regularizing operations; leading the development of operational standards; and growing productivity, production output and translation quality. Ms. Boyd’s Federal Service was recognized with numerous honors and awards.
Since 2009 Ms. Boyd has been president of Melda Boyd & Associates, LLC, the company she founded to provide executive coaching and consulting to clients in the private sector and the Federal Government.
Ms. Boyd holds an EMBA from The George Washington University, a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s competitive and world-renowned leadership coaching program, and a BA in International Studies and Russian from the University of South Alabama. She engaged in postgraduate studies at Vanderbilt University and participated in the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University.
W McKay (Mac) Henderson, Board Member
Mr. Henderson has over 30 years in Advisory and Management Consulting. Senior Partner of 350 plus Partners and staff in the PwC Washington Federal Practice. Worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and the Intelligence Community. He has expertise in business (efficiency) transformation; financial, procedural, and human resource process improvement; business planning and strategy; program management, and fraud investigations. Additional experience in computer forensics, cyber security, litigation support, risk management, internal controls and compliance program assessments.
Mr. Henderson retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC (PwC) where he spent over 15 years. Most recently at PwC was the Sector Leader for Homeland Security and Law Enforcement in PwC’s WFP, which he co-founded in 2004. Previously in the commercial sector, focusing on SEC client fraud investigations. National Leader of the Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Investigations Practice and subsequently Investigations Leader for the Americas for Coopers & Lybrand (C&L) (over 7 years) and then PwC after the 1998 merger with Price Waterhouse. Assembled and lead a team comprised of forensic accountants, private investigators and computer forensics/cyber professionals.
He currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Babel Street
August 2015 – Present (5 months), Washington D.C. Metro Area
Babel Street is a multi-lingual, geo-enabled, text-analytics social media and web-monitoring platform designed to meet the needs of Public Sector and Commercial clients through leveraging Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) in this era of overwhelmingly large quantities of geographically diverse, multi-lingual data in numerous media channels. He is a Certified Public Accountant NC, VA, DC, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He holds a BSBA, Accounting, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1978 – 1981
He brings to the JTG Board of Directors a very solid financial expertize coupled with strong ties to the intelligence and defense community. His advice and guidance will benefit the JTG management team.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors provides general direction and oversight the management of the company.
Ahmed Shehata, JTG President and CEO, Chairman
W. McKay (Mac) Henderson, Director
Melda Boyd, Director
Muriel Jerome-O’Keeffe, Founder, Director
JTG has established a competent and involved Board of Directors, combined with an independent ESOP Trustee as the most effective means of protecting the interests of employee-owners in an ESOP company.
The Board of Directors has established the following committees:
Administrative Committee of the ESOP, chaired by Dr. Alina Newland.