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Video Interview: QinetiQ US CEO Shawn Purvis Talks Robotics, C5ISR, Contract Winning Strategies & More

Today, evolutions and advancements in modern warfare are driving major shifts in the technologies, weapons systems and capabilities that defense contractors provide. Now, more than ever, robotics, autonomous solutions and cyber are dominating the defense landscape, and companies like QinetiQ are using these shifts to steer strategies, investments and offerings. 

QinetiQ, a United Kingdom-based defense and technology contractor, has roots in the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, whose history goes back more than 100 years. Since 2004, QinetiQ has been expanding its presence in the United States, and now, the company’s U.S. arm has a new leader.

Shawn Purvis, president and CEO of QinetiQ U.S. and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, joined the company in February 2022, and in a recent video interview with Executive Mosaic, she spoke about her transition into the role, QinetiQ’s core offerings, new opportunities for expansion and her vision for the future of QinetiQ U.S. 

“It’s been fascinating to see the resilience and the ingenuity of this company and our employees,” Purvis said of her first seven months at QinetiQ. Now, as QinetiQ looks toward the second half of its fiscal year, Purvis said the company is focusing on delivering on its core capabilities like C5ISR, robotics and autonomous solutions.

In the area of robotics, QinetiQ will continue to support the U.S. Army as a prime contractor on the Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light. Additionally, QinetiQ is strengthening its cyber and information advantage portfolio through its recently announced purchase of software provider Avantus Federal. 

Purvis said she’s also seeing new opportunities emerge as the Department of Defense rolls out its Joint All-Domain Command and Control initiative, known as JADC2. 

“Orchestrating how we will collect and process data at the edge will be a force multiplier in the global defense landscape, and QinetiQ will be one of the companies leading that charge,” Purvis explained in conversation with Executive Mosaic’s Summer Myatt.

Additionally, Purvis shared advice for pursuing the right contracts, making the right decisions around limited capture dollars, securing contract wins and more. 

Visit ExecutiveMosaic.com to view the full video interview with QinetiQ U.S. CEO Shawn Purvis, and be sure to subscribe to Executive Mosaic’s YouTube channel so you never miss a video.

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