Adam Saffer, a consultant for 10 years at Development Alternatives, a global consulting firm, is the new senior vice president of strategy for RTI International.

Saffer will be charged with developing RTI’s strategy, including mergers, acquisitions and alliances. He also will focus on technology commercialization and diversification of RTI’s customer base.

RTI is in the process if concluding the purchase of the research and development group at MCNC. The operation has numerous federal research and development contracts and is developing cutting-edge technology in the area of communications and networking.

“I am especially pleased that Adam has joined our senior management team,” said RTI President Victoria Haynes in a statement. “He has the right combination of experience and expertise to help us build on our many international initiatives and strengthen our world-embracing vision.”

Saffer, a graduate of Harvard Business School, was responsible for opening and management of offices in London; Johannesburg, South Africa; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Ramala, Palestine, for Development Alternatives.

He also was responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility and HIV/AIDS groups and client diversification strategy.

Saffer also has served as a program officer in Gambia, Africa with the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is a major RTI client.