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Post Capitalizes on Higher Profile of IT

With Washington on a wartime footing, information technology services have commanded a more crucial role in the government. To capitalize on that, Century City-based investment bank Quarterdeck Investment Partners LLC has hired Edward Bersoff for its newly created position of IT managing director.

"My job going forward will be to help companies doing that kind of work find others to combine with in mergers and acquisitions," said Bersoff, who will be based in Washington.

"Information management processing and moving it to the places where it's needed has become increasingly important. The time delay between gathering information and getting it to the people who need to act upon it is crucial," he said.

Bersoff, a 30-year veteran of the IT industry, said the Washington area has hundreds of companies vying for more than $50 billion that the federal government appropriates for IT services each year. This ranges from air traffic control automation systems for the Federal Aviation Administration to intelligence transfer operations and weapons system computers for the Department of Defense.

Bersoff came to the 10-year-old firm after serving as chairman and chief executive of Re-route Corp., an Alexandria, Va.-based e-mail management company that provided services to the AOL, MSN and AT & T; Web sites. He will remain chairman of Re-Route.

In 1982, Bersoff founded BTG Inc., a Fairfax, Va.-based IT firm that worked with a variety of federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense and Justice. By the time he sold his interest to Titan Corp. in 2001, the company was generating $275 million annually.

Bersoff, who lives in McLean, Va., earned a bachelor of arts, master's and Ph.D. in mathematics from New York University. He also completed the Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program in 1984.

He is married with four children.

David Greenberg



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