Executive Mosaic’s Weekly GovCon Round-up: August’s Private Sector Executive Moves

Weekly Roundup
August 21 – August 25 2017

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

This August the GovCon industry has experienced a great deal of executive moves. As the month comes to a close, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy executive shifts in the GovCon landscape.

On Wednesday, SOS International announced that John Avalos had joined as chief operating officer. Avalos brings to the position more than two decades of experience in business development, corporate operations and profit-and-loss management across defense, civilian agency and intelligence markets, SOSi said Wednesday. Avalos, an Army veteran, previously held VP roles at Booz Allen Hamilton and BAE Systems. He currently serves as a board member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and as an adviser for Emergensee.

This past Monday, Privia announced that James McConville would be joining the companyas president and CEO. McConville previously held a similar dual-role at Aeromech Engineering and served as an executive vice president at Chandler/May, both of which Lockheed Martin purchased in 2012, Privia said Monday. McConville also served in senior business development and operations roles at Lockheed, General Dynamics and ManTech International. He is also founder of strategy, advocacy and business development consulting firm Emerald Collaborative Partners.

Another Monday announcement was for Katrina McFarland, former assistant secretary for acquisition at the Department of Defense, who was appointed to the government advisory board at credit reporting and data management services provider TransUnion. McFarland will provide insights to the leadership team as TransUnion gears up to meet the requirements of working with the public sector. McFarland served as a principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and defense undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics on all procurement-related matters across the Pentagon.

Last week, Janus Global Operations announced two new appointments: Frederick Nohmeras chief operating officer and Richard Gross as general counsel. Nohmer will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of JGO’s projects in approximately 20 countries. Nohmer, an Army veteran, has held numerous leadership roles at IAP such as program manager to the vice president of U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, federal and contingency operations’ vice president of Navy and Marine Corps programs; and global services director. Richard Gross is also an Army veteran, previously serving as brigadier general and advising the Joint Staff chairman on legal aspects of military and national security operations.

On August 14th Raytheon announced that Robert Work, former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense and a 27-year USMC veteran, had been elected to its board of directors. Work held the DoD’s no. 2 civilian position from May 2014 until July 2017 and previously served as the undersecretary of the Navy from 2009 to 2013. He also led the Center for a New American Security in Washington as CEO for one year before he rejoined DoD as deputy defense secretary. Between 2002 and 2009, the retired Marine Corps colonel also held the roles of senior fellow for maritime affairs and vice president for strategic studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

At the beginning of August Avaya named Jim Chirico, formerly chief operating officer and global sales leader, to the position of CEO and a board member. Chirico will be succeeding Kevin Kennedy, who has retired and will remain with the company as an advisor. On October 1st, Chirico will be taking the helm of Avaya, which recently restructured itself and now provides software and services.

The final two August executive moves have been mentioned in past Round-ups, however, they are both quite significant and worth revisiting.

John Hillen, former State Department official and George Mason professor and executive-in-residence, joined Govini’s board of advisors. Prior to his business career, Dr. Hillen served in the U.S. Army as a reconnaissance and special operations officer in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and also worked as a military policy expert. Dr. Hillen, who currently serves as executive-in-residence and professor of practice at George Mason University’s School of Business and as a board member of multiple companies, will work with other industry and former government professionals in the board to drive Govini’s data science efforts for the public sector.

General Dynamics Information Technology business named Amy Gilliland president,effective September 1. Gilliland had previously served as senior vice president and deputy for operations at GDIT. Gilliland will succeed Daniel Johnson, who will continue to serve as executive VP of the company’s information systems and technology group.


Weekly Contract Awards
This week’s top GovCon contract awards. Jacobs Engineering Group, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Huntington Ingalls Industries, L3 Technologies, CGI, Northrop Grumman and many others.
State Dept IG: Diplomatic Security Bureau Needs to Improve Security Clearance Process
The State Department‘s office of inspector general has called on the Bureau of Diplomatic Security to address issues in its security clearance process.
Report: Federal Agencies, Services to Begin Solicitations for Billion-Dollar Contracts in Fall 2017
Two federal agencies, two service branches and a Defense Departmentcomponent are expected to launch solicitations for billion-dollar contracts by fall and winter of 2017.
White House Issues New Memo on R&D Budget Priorities for Fiscal 2019
The White House has released a new memorandum to provide federal agencies information on the administration’s priority areas in research and development and guide them as they create and submit their fiscal 2019 budget requests to the Office of Management and Budget.
Lockheed, Northrop, CGI Land Spots on SSA IT Services Contract
Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and CGI’s federal business have won spots on a Social Security Administration contract to provide information technology services.
Report: Rick Driggers to Become DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Communications
Rick Driggers, principal deputy director of the national cybersecurity and communications integration center at the Department of Homeland Security, will take over as deputy assistant secretary at DHS’ cybersecurity and communications office
Booz Allen, BAE Vet John Avalos Named SOS International COO
John Avalos, formerly vice president of business development at Booz Allen Hamilton, has joined SOS International as chief operating officer.
USPTO Taps 22nd Century Technologies for $146M IT End-User Support Contract
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded 22nd Century Technologies a potential $146.4 million contract to provide information technology end-user support services to USPTO’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Octo Consulting Opens New Reston Corporate HQ
Octo Consulting Group has moved to a new 25,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Reston, Virginia, as part of the digital services provider’s expansion efforts.
Markon Lands $60M IDIQ for Construction Mgmt Support to Washington Headquarters Services
Markon Solutions has received a potential $60 million contract to provide a range of construction management technical support services to the Washington Headquarters Services.

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