Russell Thurston

Russell Thurston

Vice President of Program Development and Strategy

Russell Thurston joined Sentient Digital in March 2021. As the Vice President of Program Development and Strategy at Sentient Digital, Inc., he plays a pivotal role in driving business growth by identifying and capturing opportunities. Reporting directly to the President, he collaborates with multiple business lines and focuses on expanding revenue through customized data acquisition analysis products and critical operational services in the Federal sector, specifically within the Navy, Air Force, and Army.

Russell is also General Manager of Sentient Digital’s Cyber Mission Assurance business units. He leads the programs and capabilities delivering cybersecurity services for IT infrastructure and mission critical systems, including vulnerability testing, cybersecurity system upgrades, SOCs/NOCs, and integrated AI.

Prior to joining Sentient Digital, Russell worked for Cambridge International Systems, Inc., where he was the Executive Vice President, Advanced Technologies & Solutions Division, focused on delivering aviation, logistics and operations, security and surveillance, and technology solutions. After his engagement at Cambridge, he worked for M.C. Dean, Inc. and was responsible for their program performance of C4ISR solutions, serving both domestic and international defense customers and NATO.

Russell is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife of over fifteen years and his two children. He enjoys spending time with his family at the beach.