Parsons Announces It Will Relocate Headquarters From Old Pasadena

Published : Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 1:57 PM

Parsons, the technology-focused defense, security, and infrastructure firm that has been headquartered in Pasadena since Ralph M. Parsons founded it in 1944, is moving its main office to its existing facility in northern Virginia, to get closer to clients in the Washington, D.C. capital region, the company announced Thursday.

The company said its corporate headquarters will be relocated “effective immediately” to its facility at 5875 Trinity Pkwy #300 in Centreville, Virginia, about an hour’s drive from Downtown Washington, D.C.

The move follows “a decade of strategic actions, including acquisitions and internal investments, focused on growth in the defense, intelligence and critical infrastructure markets,” the company said in a statement.

“Parsons’ position as a world leader in defense, intelligence and critical infrastructure is the result of more than seven decades of strategic planning and investment,” Chuck Harrington, Parsons Chairman and CEO, said.  “Our strategic actions over the past ten years, including acquisitions, have led to the Washington metropolitan area having Parsons’ largest concentration of employees worldwide.  The move of our corporate headquarters to the Washington area will support this concentration of employees in the region.”

Parsons’ chief marketing officer Virginia Grebbien told the Los Angeles Times the move will not mean relocating their nearly 2,000 employees in Pasadena and in all of California, nor would there be any job cuts. The firm already has about 2,400 employees in the Washington, D.C. area, the LA Times said.

The Washington capital region is headquarters for many of Parsons’ largest customers in the defense and intelligence markets, and is where most legislative and policy actions related to critical infrastructure are made, the company announcement said.

“Relocating to the Washington region puts us in closer proximity to many of our existing and potential clients, as well as key decision makers who influence policy and funding initiatives across our markets, particularly critical infrastructure,” Harrington continued.  “Proximity to these influencers increases Parsons’ opportunities to advance our Enhance-Extend-Transform growth strategy and capitalize on our current momentum.  Simply said, being in Northern Virginia gives us more opportunities to be in the right places, at the right times, with the right people driving the future of our markets.”

Parsons, with annual revenue of about $3.6 billion, provides cyber/converged security, technology-based intellectual property, and other innovative services to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers. The firm has more than 16,000 employees across 24 countries and spanning four continents.

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