Summer has come to a close and the first executive moves of autumn have started to occur. A number of C-suite level executive moves have happened in the past three weeks and are sure to have an impact on the GovCon sector. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding executives on their new positions.
Former Leidos VP Phillip Mazzocco Joins Peraton as Chief Security Officer
Bernie Guerry Promoted to General Dynamics IT Segment COO
Northrop Appoints Kathy Warden COO
Coalfire, GSA Vet Dave McClure Joins Accenture as Federal CIO Advisory Director
Govt Services Vet John Hassoun Named VT Group President, CEO
On Wednesday, the 27th Peraton announced that Phillip Mazzocco, former Leidos VP of sector security, had been appointed as chief security officer. Stu Shea, CEO of Peraton and 2014 Wash100 recipient, lauded Mazzocco saying “Phil brings more than 20 years of experience providing industrial security for Fortune 500 companies… he understands full-spectrum security—the complex interplay among such aspects as risk management, crisis management, program security, international operations, training and insider threat.” Mazzocco was previously responsible for leading security operations for Leidos’ national security programs and a security team that supported the Defense Healthcare Management System modernization project.
On September 26th, General Dynamics Information Technology announced that Bernie Guerry, an 11-year General Dynamics vet, had been promoted to chief operating officer. According to a release from General Dynamics, Guerry will report directly to Amy Gilliland, president of GDIT, and will continue to serve as senior vice president and general manager of GDIT’s intelligence business. Gilliland noted that Guerry’s 25+ years of leadership experience will greatly aid efforts to advance growth strategies within the company’s IT division.
Another executive move that occurred on Tuesday, the 26th was Kathy Warden’s appointment as president and chief operating officer of Northrop Grumman’s mission systems business. Warden will transition into the new roles effective January 1st. Warden succeeds Gloria Flach as COO and will manage the defense contractor’s three operating sectors and Orbital ATK’s integration into the firm upon the completion of the acquisition deal. Warden previously held leadership positions at General Dynamics, General Electric and Veridian before moving to Northrop Grumman in 2008.
On September 21st, Accenture announced that Dave McClure had been appointed as chief information officer advisory director of its Federal Services business. McClure will work to advise federal CIOs on modernization strategies and digital transformation efforts that seek to build up customer experiences and mission performance. McClure formerly served as chief strategist of cybersecurity at Coalfire’s (formerly Veris Group) federal business beginning in 2014. Prior to his position with Coalfire, McClure spent approximately five years with the General Services Administration as associate administrator of citizen services and innovative technologies.
VT Group announced on September 11th that John Hassoun, former president and CEO of software developer Vistronix Intelligence and Technology Solutions, had been appointed as president and CEO of the Chantilly, VA-based defense technology provider. VT Group said that Hassoun will oversee the company’s overall executive management and business strategy. Hassoun has over 25 years of experience in the government market, having held leadership positions at Vistronix, ATS Corp., General Dynamics, Veridian, Global Integrated Security and Olive Group. Prior to joining industry, Hassoun was a program manager with the U.S. Air Force for six years.
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