WASHINGTON — The Parsons Corporation board of directors has selected Carey Smith, the company’s chief operations officer, to become its next top executive.

Smith will replace current Chief Executive Officer Chuck Harrington on July 1. Harrington is retiring after almost 40 years with Parsons, including serving as since 2008.

“After nearly 40 years, I’m proud of the company we’ve built, humbled by the amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and pleased that the accomplishments we’ve achieved will deliver a better world,” Harrington said in an April 20 company statement.

“Carey’s leadership, customer relationships, and proven performance at Parsons make her the natural choice to succeed me as CEO. The company is well-positioned for future profitable growth, and I have full confidence that Carey will continue to advance our success.”

Parsons, which went public in 2019, focuses on high-end technologies such as laser systems and cyber capabilities.

Smith joined Parsons in 2016 as president of its federal business, during which she helped acquire four new business units before becoming COO. Previously, she was president of the defense and space business unit at Honeywell and held several positions at Lockheed Martin.

Aaron Mehta was deputy editor and senior Pentagon correspondent for Defense News, covering policy, strategy and acquisition at the highest levels of the Defense Department and its international partners.

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