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March 16, 2017

The former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command and recipient of four Defense Distinguished Service Medals to serve as Senior Advisor

Washington D.C., March 16, 2017 – Arcanum, a strategic global intelligence company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Magellan Investment Holdings, announced today that Admiral Dennis C. Blair, former Director of National Intelligence, will be joining Arcanum effective May 1, 2017. As America’s top spymaster, Admiral Blair oversaw all 16 intelligence agencies, managing a $50 billion budget. Having had a long and distinguished career in the US Military, Admiral Blair held the post of Commander in Chief U.S. Pacific Command (CINCPAC).

“Admiral Blair is one of the most respected military leaders of our country and has had a long and distinguished career in both the armed forces and intelligence community; his experience will be invaluable to us, we are honored to have him in our team,” says Ron Wahid, Chairman of Arcanum. Admiral Blair said of the new position, “Arcanum is doing vital work to improve the capabilities of countries important to the United States, and has a reputation for integrity and effectiveness. I am happy to be a part of their team.”

Admiral Blair spent 34 years in the Navy, during which he served as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, the largest of the combatant commands. During his service, he served on guided missile destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets and commanded the Kitty Hawk Battle Group. Previously, Admiral Blair served as Director of the Joint Staff in the Office of the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, and held policy positions on the National Security Council staff of Presidents Carter and Reagan. In addition, he was the first Associate Director of Central Intelligence Agency for Military Support.

After retiring from the Navy, Admiral Blair became president and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a Pentagon-funded research and development center which supports the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Intelligence community.

Admiral Blair has served as director of both public and private corporations, including Tyco International, EDO Corporation (now incorporated into L-3 Inc.) and Iridium LLC (now a public corporation).

He currently presides on the boards of Freedom House, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Admiral Blair has been awarded four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, three National Intelligence Distinguished Service medals, and has received decorations from the governments of Japan, Thailand, Korea, Australia, the Philippines and Taiwan.


About Magellan Investment Holdings

Magellan Investment Holdings is a holding company with investments in energy & natural resources, aerospace & defense, real estate and technology. Magellan is the parent company of its operating subsidiaries RJI Capital, a merchant banking and strategic advisory firm, and Arcanum, an intelligence company.

About Arcanum

Arcanum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Magellan Investment Holdings, is a global intelligence company that provides a host of bespoke and tailored strategic intelligence products to government entities and the private sector across a range of industries. By maintaining a highly diversified intelligence and business network around the globe, Arcanum’s industry-leading global resources and technical expertise are delivered from its offices in Washington DC, London, Paris, Zurich, New York, and Hong Kong. For further information, go to or contact Yael Hartmann, Vice President of the Strategic Communications Group, at

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