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Aptima, Leader in Human Performance, Appoints Michael J. Garrity as Chief Executive Officer

Journey from Aptima Intern to CEO

Dayton OH & Woburn, MA – February 5, 2024 – Aptima, Inc., a leader in optimizing human performance in mission-critical domains, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael J. Garrity as Chief Executive Officer. Garrity will guide Aptima’s strategic direction and oversee the company’s continued growth and innovation in the defense, intelligence, and healthcare sectors.

Garrity, who most recently was promoted to President of Aptima in 2022, joined the company as an intern more than 20 years ago while pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational psychology. Over that time, he has played an instrumental role in the growth and success of Aptima, progressing through a variety of positions and roles as technical lead, scientist, client-facing project manager, and leader.

Since its founding in 1995, Aptima has applied expertise in engineering, design, behavioral and organizational science, and advanced analytics to support and optimize the performance of warfighters and operators. A trailblazer in leveraging artificial intelligence and advanced analytics, Aptima’s capabilities include adaptive learning systems for training and readiness as well as methods and systems for testing and evaluating Human-AI Teams and joint tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).

“Leading Aptima fills me with tremendous excitement and a profound sense of honor. It feels like a natural evolution for both for me and for the company,” said Garrity. “Aptima has always occupied a unique space, with our market-leading expertise and unwavering focus on the human element—to understand and accentuate human performance.

“That mission is more essential than ever as the geopolitical landscape becomes more complex, and as we increase our reliance on rapidly evolving and disruptive technologies. Together with my incredible Aptima colleagues, I’m eager to chart our course forward. We’ll continue to leverage our world-class research and engineering, transitioning those cutting-edge innovations from the lab to the field where they can make a real difference for our warfighters.”

Aptima’s recent successes include a $40 Million contract add-on that supplements a 2019 Phase III award initially valued at up to $59 million. The $43 million received to date has helped to transition Aptima capabilities that include new adaptive learning systems, which deliver highly personalized education and training at scale.

It also supports the Proficiency-Based Training (PBT), Just In Time Multi-Mission Airman (JITMMA) and the Simulator Common Architecture Requirements Standards (SCARS) programs. To date, the vehicle has been used by a variety of customer including Air Combat Command (ACC), the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Simulators Division (AFLCMC/WNS), the United States Space Force (USSF), Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA), and others.

“We’re so incredibly grateful that our customers have put their faith in our team for so many years.”

As CEO, Garrity succeeds Daniel Serfaty, Aptima’s founder. Serfaty will continue as Executive Chairman of the Aptima Board of Directors.

Garrity holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and an MS in Applied Psychology from Clemson University.

About Aptima, Inc.

For 25 years, Aptima’s mission has been to improve and optimize performance in mission-critical, technology-intensive settings. Visit

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