James Peake, who served as veterans affairs secretary between December 2007 and January 2009, has become president of CGI Group‘s (NYSE: GIB) subsidiary for the U.S. federal market — CGI Federal.
As VA secretary, Peake oversaw a fiscal year 2009 budget of $97.5 billion and led more than 280, 000 people across medical centers, nursing homes, benefits offices and national cemeteries throughout the country.
The retired U.S. Army lieutenant general’s 38-year military career that concluded in 2004 after four years as the branch’s surgeon general, where he led 50, 000 medical personnel across 187 medical facilities worldwide.
Prior to the surgeon general’s role, he served as commanding general of the 30, 000-student U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, led several medical organizations as commander and worked as a cardiac surgeon.
He is a recipient of the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with “V” device and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster.
Peake joined nonprofit health foundation Project HOPE as executive vice president and chief operating officer after retiring from the Army and held the COO role at health examination services firm QTC prior to becoming VA secretary.