Jennifer Chronis, Federal VP for Verizon, Recognized With 2021 Wash100 Award for Spearheading Tech Modernization, Digital Transformation Services

Executive Mosaic is honored to introduce Jennifer Chronis, federal vice president of Verizon, as a recipient of the 2021 Wash100 Award for driving technology offerings, expanding revenue and partnering with industry leaders to drive digital transformation across the government contracting (GovCon) sector. 

This marks Chronis’ first Wash100 Award. Chronis previously served as general manager of the Department of Defense (DoD) unit with Amazon Web Services (AWS). During her four-year tenure with the company, Chronis was responsible for all aspects of AWS’ business with the DoD. 

With AWS, she reported that the migration of the U.S. Navy’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to AWS GovCloud has enabled the service to facilitate analytics and improve the decision-making process.

“This puts the movement and documentation of $70 billion worth of parts and goods into one accessible space so the information can be shared, analyzed and protected more uniformly,” Chronis said. “Moving the system to the cloud has allowed the Navy to make more timely and informed decisions and conduct advanced analytics that they weren’t able to do as efficiently in the past.”

Chronis also cited the security benefits of moving the service’s ERP platform to the cloud. “DIB has experienced, and continues to experience, an increasing number of cyberattacks,” she said. “This has given them the ability to increase their data protection, because now there’s only one cloud-based repository of data to protect instead of multiple across a host of traditional computing hardware.”

She was appointed as head of Verizon’s federal business, succeeding Michael Maiorana, in July 2020. Chronis has more than two decades of experience in the public sector, and has driven partnerships with federal civilian and defense agency clients. Throughout her career, she has delivered innovative solutions and services that have helped clients achieve missions.

“I am honored to join the Verizon Public Sector team and support the missions of Verizon’s Federal civilian and defense agency clients,” said Chronis. “The experience and dedication of Verizon’s people, combined with its world-class portfolio of solutions and services tailored to the public sector is unrivaled.”

With Verizon Federal, Chronis has spearheaded major technology developments, which has contributed to the company’s growth throughout 2020 and into the new year. Since Chronis joined the company, Verizon secured a $2.56 billion contract with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Under this massive contract, Verizon will provide information technology and telecommunication services. The agreement with Verizon’s business network services unit includes a $32.2 million base value and runs through July 2032.

HHS deputy secretary Eric Hargan and Scott Rowell, assistant secretary for administration, wrote that the department unified 11 contract opportunities under the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) procurement vehicle in a move to simplify the buying process for the Office of the Secretary and 10 operating divisions.

In addition to Verizon’s support services with HHS, the company has also landed three task orders, with an approximate combined value of $805.9 million, to provide telecommunications and information technology support services for the Department of Labor. 

Under the first 12-year task order, valued at $631.5 million, Verizon will provide managed network, voice, data and toll-free services. The second task order is worth $10.2 million, over 12 years, for audio and web conferencing services. The third order calls for the delivery of Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service and has a 12-year term valued at about $164.2 million.

In addition to driving revenue through leading valuable contracts, Chronis has also led industry partnerships to advance technology offerings for the federal sector. In Oct. 2020, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) selected Avaya’s OneCloud portfolio of communications and collaboration solutions to support the agency’s digital transformation initiative. 

Under the initiative, SSA will modernize the agency’s ability to rapidly respond to changing user needs at manageable cost. Avaya’s solutions will enable the SSA’s to deliver an improved customer experience, across all service channels, securely and efficiently.

Verizon is the systems integrator working with SSA. Verizon has partnered with Avaya to provide the core communications infrastructure. “Together with our partners at Avaya, Verizon will support the SSA’s mission and deliver critical digital transformation and modernization solutions the SSA needs for the more than 65 million Americans who rely on its services,” said Chronis.

Chronis was also appointed the Northern Virginia Technology Council in Nov. 2020 to share her knowledge across the technology and industry sectors. She is joined by industry leaders that will collaborate to provide strategic guidance and insight to broaden NVTC’s programs and bolster membership across the region as the organization embarks on its next phase of growth.

“I am committed to finding strategic ways to better support our members and the region’s tech ecosystem as a whole. The addition of our new board appointees will help us do just that,” said NVTC president and CEO, Jennifer Taylor.

Executive Mosaic congratulates Verizon Federal and Jennifer Chronis on receiving her first Wash100 Award in 2021. Her efforts will continue to advance technological capabilities for federal agencies, industry partners and the GovCon industry throughout 2021.

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