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GovCon Exec Magazine Identifies “Chiefs of Change”: CIOs at GovCon’s Forefront

The role of the chief information officer for government contracting firms has grown to inhabit critical roles inluding budgeting and strategy, while continuing to require the same balance of serving clients with high demands inside the government and the company.

For its winter winter edition, the staff at GovCon Exec magazine caught up with some of the CIOs at the forefront of the intersection of meeting today’s requirements while anticipating those of tomorrow for its look at the “Chiefs of Change.”

For more executive insight of who will drive the GovCon industry forward in 2012, check out ExecutiveBiz’s piece on GovCon Exec’s 15 Executives to Watch in 2012.


Bernie McVey is responsible for aligning Northrop Grumman‘s information technology investments with company goals as the company’s vice president of IT solutions and chief information officer.

McVey has served Northrop since 1978, becoming VP of its business management organization and VP and chief financial officer for its former IT sector. He is currently also responsible for Northrop’s company’s IT solutions shared service organization.


Mark Vallaster joined Accenture in 1989 and currently leads the company’s federal technology practice, which accounts for around 80 percent of Accenture’s federal portfolio.

Vallaster previously led Accenture’s work with the Department of Homeland Security and Treasury Department.



Mark Ives has served as Alion Science and Technology‘s chief information officer since 2001 and also serves as corporate vice president.

In his roles, Ives evaluates areas for IT proposals and leads all enterprise IT programs.



John Lambeth began serving as QinetiQ North America‘s CIO in 2011 after leading IT investing and budgeting at Blackboard Inc.

Lambeth is an Army Reserve soldier and board member of the Capital Area Chapter of the Society for Information Management.



TASC CIO Barbie Bigelow was previously CIO for electronic systems at Lockheed Martin, where she helped consolidate the firm’s shared services to form its enterprise business services organization.



Christopher Sullivan joined Computer Sciences Corp. in 2003 after serving as DynCorp’s director of corporate IT.

He now sets strategic direction for CSC’s North American public sector‘s internal IT environment as the sector’s vice president and CIO.



As Boeing’s CIO, Kim Hammonds oversees company-wide information security and manages 8,500 IT professionals.

Hammonds previously was director of Americas Manufacturing Operations at Dell and supported 48 Ford plants as that company’s director of manufacturing systems for North America.


Woody Hall is CIO and vice president of IT strategy at General Dynamics’ IT business unit. He entered the contracting sector after serving as CIO for the Energy Department and CIO for the U.S. Customs Service.

Hall also served as senior vice president for Homeland Security programs at SAIC.


Charles Beard is SAIC’s CIO and a senior vice president who previously served as the SVP for global transportation and industrial markets at KPMG Consulting and KPMG’s spinoff BearingPoint.

He has also served as director of aerospace and defense consulting for Marsh & McLennan’s Oliver Wyman division.


James Zarnick has served as national director of technology for Deloitte’s federal practice since September 2010. He was previously international director of BearingPoint and has customized mission-critical systems at the U.S. Senate and State Department.



Bob Fecteau is CIO for information solutions at BAE Systems and helps ensure IT infrastructure is consistent with federal, Defense Department and intelligence community frameworks.

As an Army civilian official, Fecteau managed all enterprise information management and IT programs for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command as its CIO.


Rory Job has been USIS’ VP of IT since October 2008 and develops company IT strategy and IT operating budget. Job previously designed and managed all company technology infrastructure and operations for Altegrity and holds an M.B.A. and degree in electrical engineering.



Christine Shimizu is vice president for IT and CIO at Raytheon Technical Services. The 25-year aerospace and defense vet has held her current roles since 2008 and previously was the enterprise sourcing director with Raytheon’s space and airborne systems business.

She is responsible for overall RTSC IT operations, including infrastructure and services.


ITT Exelis CIO Ray DeLuke is responsible for aligning ITT Exelis’ defense IT strategy with the company’s overall business strategy. Prior to ITT Exelis’ spinoff, DeLuke served as CIO for ITT’s defense and information solutions business and director of IT at ITT’s advanced engineering and sciences business.



Frank S. Smith III is a senior vice president and CIO for Booz Allen Hamilton, serving as Co-Chair of the CIO Leadership Council and guiding technology infrastructure investments and priorities.

Smith previously served as global CIO at Capgemini Ernst & Young, where he was based in Paris.

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