Leonard Moodispaw founded KEYW Corp.
Leonard Moodispaw founded KEYW Corp. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun)

Leonard E. Moodispaw, founder and former CEO of Hanover cyber security company KEYW Corp., died Monday at the age of 72, the company announced.

He stepped down from his position leading the company May 27, citing health reasons. The company did not release a cause of death.

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"Words cannot express how much Len will be missed by our KEYW family, the intelligence community, the many others Len has worked with over the years," KEYW chairwoman Caroline Pisano said in a statement. "We express our sincerest sympathies to his family and know that Len's legacy and spirit will continue in KEYW. Len's deep humanity touched and helped many."

Moodispaw was previously a National Security Agency senior manager, trial lawyer and corporate executive at Essex Corp. and other cyber security contractors before founding KEYW in 2008. He led KEYW to a successful initial public stock offering two years later.

He was known for the laid-back demeanor he brought to the industry. His biography in the company's regulatory filings registering for the stock sale said he was "still growing older but not up, enjoys Rock 'n' Roll, chocolate and Key West, Florida." KEYW's name and parrot logo are references to Key West.

"I'm never going to retire," he told The Baltimore Sun in 2010. "I enjoy what I'm doing. I feel like I'm 40."

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