The Washington Post Sunday - - TAKING STOCK -

New name: Harris’s for­mer gov­ern­ment-ser­vices busi­ness has a new name: Per­a­ton. The Hern­don-based busi­ness was ac­quired by the pri­vate eq­uity firm Ver­i­tas Cap­i­tal ear­lier this year. The new name is a “con­struct of the pre­fix ‘per,’ which means ‘thor­oughly,’ and the word ‘im­per­a­tive,’ re­flect­ing the im­por­tance of cus­tomers’ mis­sions,” the com­pany said in a state­ment. New at the top: Dan Mathews has been named com­mis­sioner of the Gen­eral Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Public Build­ings Ser­vice, over­see­ing the agency’s real es­tate port­fo­lio. He pre­vi­ously served as Repub­li­can staff di­rec­tor for the House Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee’s sub­com­mit­tee on eco­nomic devel­op­ment, public build­ings and emer­gency man­age­ment. Ex­pand­ing: Merkle, the Columbi­abased mar­ket­ing agency, has added op­er­a­tions in In­dia af­ter ac­quir­ing dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing firm Sokrati. The terms of the deal were not dis­closed.

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