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Highlight Names Director of Technology and Innovation, James “Jim” Eselgroth

  • Victoria Robinson
  • September 5, 2023

Fairfax, VA – Highlight Technologies has hired James “Jim” Eselgroth as its new Director of Technology and Innovation.  Mr. Eselgoth is an accomplished technology and innovation leader with over 28 years of experience driving digital transformation and organizational change. In his new role, he will focus on implementing emerging technologies and innovation initiatives that drive business value.

Mr. Eselgoth joins Highlight from RIVA Solutions as VP of Data & Analytics and Chief Data Officer, where he led the corporate data and analytics vision. At RIVA, he also led the Innovation Solutions Center, where he led innovative solution development for internal and external stakeholders. Prior, he served as Deputy CTO at Definitive Logic. Mr. Eselgroth is a US Air Force veteran where he served for twenty-three years.

“Being a part of the Highlight team enables me to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I am honored at the chance to help improve the experiences of our employees, clients, and the missions we support,” said James “Jim” Eselgroth, Highlight Director of Technology and Innovation.  

Mr. Eselgoth was selected for his passion for leveraging technology to help organizations improve their mission and business outcomes and his proven track record of delivering innovative solutions, executing mission objectives, and exceeding customer expectations.

“Jim brings a notable history of standing up successful innovation labs,” said Aarish Gokaldas, Highlight Chief Executive Officer. “I could not be more excited to have him in front of ours, as well as leading the charge to mature our HI-WAY delivery methodology, Mission at Scale framework, and Software Factory offering.”

The addition of the Director of Technology and Innovation position is the latest example of Highlight’s commitment to exceeding our customer’s expectations, ensuring compliance in the ever-changing federal technology landscape, and implementing impactful innovative solutions.

About Highlight: 

Highlight Technologies (“Highlight”) is an award-winning, employee-owned, ISO® 9001, ISO® 20000, ISO® 27001, ISO® 44001, ISO® 56000 certified, CMMI-DEV Level 3, and CMMI-SVC Level 3 appraised federal contractor that provides Digital Government and Mission Support services across the federal government. Highlight delivers federal loan services, grants management, strategic communications, international development, conference and event support, program management, administrative support, agile systems development, DevSecOps, data management and analytics, cloud services, web services and automation services to National Security and Intelligence (DHS, DoD, State, DOJ, IC), Health IT (USAID, NIH, HRSA), and Citizen Services (FCC, EPA, GSA, HHS, SBA, Education) agencies. For more information, visit