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Executive Profile: Susan Chodakewitz, President of Tetra Tech AMT

Susan Chodakewitz

Susan Chodakewitz serves as the president of Tetra Tech AMT.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Tetra Tech, AMT is the aviation management and information technology arm of an almost $3.0 billion engineering services firm with over 13,000 employees in 330 locations worldwide.

In this capacity, Chodakewitz leads both a corporate “green aviation” and “green technology” thrust for the firm. Under Chodakewitz’s leadership, AMT was named as the 2010 Large Business of the Year by the FAA, an agency the company does extensive business with.

Chodakewitz spoke with our sister site ExecutiveBiz in February 2013 on the company’s work for the FAA’s NextGen program and growth plans for the commercial and other sectors.

That interview is one of several in the site’s series of spotlight interviews with the industry’s top executives.

Prior to her selection as AMT’s lead executive in November 2006, Chodakewitz held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions at SAIC, including senior vice president, where she managed the strategic and daily operations of an $185 million business unit and directed key consulting areas including business process improvement, financial management, human capital management, and organizational change design for the Defense Department. She also spent almost ten years at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, supporting a wide range of clients, including the Intelligence Community and international NGOs.

Most recently, Chodakewitz won the SmartCEO Magazine’s Brava Award (2012), and was named as one of the “2011 Women Who Mean Business” by the Washington Business Journal. She was also nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011 and 2012.

Chodakewitz is a member of the board of directors of the Women in Aerospace Foundation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors Scholarship Committee for the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). She has served as a mentor in various capacities, including George Washington University’s Entrepreneurship Program and Women in Technology (WIT).

Chodakewitz has worked with the federal government and commercial industry, as well as international NGOs and non-profits. She has also worked and studied abroad extensively, authored over 40 publications and presentations and has varying proficiency in Spanish, French and Russian.

Graduating with honors from Lehigh University in International Relations and Russian Studies, Chodakewitz holds a Master of Arts degree in Russian Studies from Columbia University. She also attended the Executive Management Program at the University of Chicago.

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