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GovCon Executive Profiles Highlights Contracts Leaders Background, Experience

EM-Logo_ExecutiveBizFor its continuing series of original profiles on GovCon industry thought leaders, GovCon Executive has honed its focus on those holding responsibility for contracts and procurement functions at their respective companies.

Contracts executives pour over the details for terms such as indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price and other technical regulations that help form how companies pursue business in the federal market.

In its series of profiles, GovCon Executive traced the professional background and experience of contracts executives such as Debbie Thurman of URS Corp., Rose Gazarek of Oceus Networks and Chris Wolf of the Louis Berger Group.

Thurman, a VP of contracts and procurement, oversees a team of nearly 300 employees for URS’ Germantown, Md.-based federal services business.

Before joining URS, she held other contracts leadership positions such as senior VP of contracts at ManTech International and VP of contracts, pricing and procurement at TASC.

She is also a 24-year U.S. Air Force veteran and serves on the National Contract Management Association’s executive advisory council.

Gazarek holds oversight over compliance, sales administration and other contracting activities at Reston, Va.-based Oceus as that company’s VP of contracts and procurement.

She previously served as contracts director at BAE Systems, led contract negotiations at Eastman Kodak Company and worked in contract teams at Harris Corp. and Motorola.

Gazarek serves on the NCMA’s executive advisory council and on the association’s contract management leadership development committee, among other roles in the group.

Wolf, a 30-year contracting veteran, brings both federal and commercial market experience to his role as Louis Berger’s VP of contracts and procurement.

He held other contract leadership roles at Booz Allen HamiltonDeloitte and BAE and has also served as the FBI‘s deputy assistant director.

While at the FBI, he led program intended to upgrade the bureau’s information technology infrastructure.

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