The retired Air Force lieutenant general will aim to help strengthen Leidos’ customer relationships and drive organic growth strategies in his new position, the company said Tuesday.
“William is an accomplished and highly respected military leader with extensive expertise in information technology, cybersecurity and government services,” said Gerry Fasano, an executive vice president and chief of business development and strategy at Leidos.
Fasano added that Bender’s professional experience can help the company to understand and support core missions of customers.
Bender managed Air Force cyber operations and information technology portfolio in the past three years as its CIO.
Before that, he was deputy chief for the military branch’s Office of Security Cooperation in Baghdad and oversaw U.S.-Iraq foreign military sales and security cooperation efforts.
His 34-year military career has also included roles such as commander of the Air Force Expeditionary Center; director for warfighter systems integration; and executive staff director and joint duty officer to the commanders of the European Command and Transportation Command.