Praescient’s recent CEO transition marks the dawn of a new era for the company. As Katie Crotty resumes her position on the Board of Directors, she passes the torch to Jeremy Fremin, a seasoned intelligence professional with nearly 20 years of industry experience. Jeremy plans to lead in the acceleration of business growth and enhance the forward-leaning nature of Praescient’s partner ecosystem across the private and public sectors leveraging data analytics to further mission sets.
In a recent interview with Katie regarding the transition, she characterizes the future of Praescient Analytics as “bright.” But before we think ahead, let’s go back to the beginning. Katie’s idea for founding Praescient Analytics in 2011 was two fold: to create an environment where veterans saw themselves in a mission-oriented job with a team of people that would use innovative thinking to solve big problems and using data analytics to solve the most salient problems in the intelligence community.
The success over the past decade revolves around a core belief: “If you focus tightly on what you believe in, put a culture around it, you can build something amazing,” she said.
The vision of the company was created around three core values that Katie describes using the acronym AMP: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
“We give our employees autonomy. We trust our staff to make the right decisions for themselves, our company, and our clients.
Across all career fields, and especially in support of national security priorities, there is a very innate desire for people to learn and to gain mastery with their mind, body, energy, and skill set. Praescient enables its people by exposing them to varying degrees of technology, tradecraft, and data sets. Embedding an ex-marine with the FBI is a perfect example of the type of voraciously curious people we employ.
Our people introduce disruptive thinking into the intelligence community. That is how you catch terrorists. That is how you foil terrorists’ plots.
Purpose is at the very core of Praescient. We communicate a clear purpose of why we exist as an organization. Purpose is a very human thing, you need to know why people get up in the morning, and here we have a very strong sense of it built-in.”
The COVID-19 global pandemic gave an opportunity for many to re-evaluate their job and career choices. As so many deaths swept across the United States many thought deeply about their own family and work-life balance.
Katie explained that allowing Jeremy to transition into the role of CEO has been a seamless process. She noted that with the world emerging from COVID-19, it could be really refreshing to bring a new energy into Praescient.
“Jeremy will be able to execute upon the strategies that we’ve had in place. Not only with fresh eyes, but with the technical acumen that wraps around data science. Which is an area that is incredibly valuable to our clients and of interest to our employees. Our goal is to help our clients within their national security mission sets.”
Katie will continue her role on the Board of Directors and spend more time with her family.
“For the last decade plus I had three children and over that time, I have lived abroad from them. As they’ve gotten older and especially with COVID we’ve done some self-reflection over the last couple years. I thought that now might be really refreshing time one for me to focus on them.”
Praescient Analytics started as a women-owned business and is at the core of its identity. Katie says she takes her position as a woman leader very seriously.
“I think that having females speaking at conferences, and leads as heads of agencies or at the table of data science forums is absolutely key for younger generations to see women in power making an impact. I think it is very important that Praescient goes out of our way to make sure that I am on panels, on radio shows and blogs and hosting artificial intelligence summits.”
In 2016, Katie was featured in Profiles for Success as part of the company’s recognition as one of the top small businesses in the nation for its commitment to hiring veterans, highlighted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative with SpikeTV.
She has full faith that Jeremy will continue that legacy.
“I think Jeremy holds the same core values as myself. From a CEO-perspective, Jeremy brings a very, very exciting skillset and ideas that will accelerate the foundation by which we have started.”
This exciting transition follows many new engagements, such as the emerging partnership with Siren, an investigative intelligence company that was featured in Gartner’s Cool Tech Report. These strategic industry partnerships are the heart of the company and grounded in the original AMP values.
John Randles, CEO of Siren, said, “the partnership with Praescient opens up an array of opportunities for us in the US Federal Space. Praescient provides us with a larger geographical presence and invaluable domain expertise. They are charismatic technologies who speak the language of our clients.”
Katie is looking forward to seeing the mission focus of key industry partners continue to develop.
“I know the future of Praescient looks bright,” Katie said.
Check back to our blog for an upcoming retrospective of Praescient Analytics’ best projects over the past decade and to learn more about how our Executive team is leading the industry in data analytics.