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Profile: Mark Gerencser, CyberSpa Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mark Gerencser, ExecutiveMosaicMark Gerencser serves as the chairman of the board of directors at PC services company CyberSpa.

Gerenscer helped found the Baltimore, Md.-based firm in 2010 with Allen Shay, current president of the company.

Prior to this role, he spent 31 years at Booz Allen Hamilton where he was  executive vice president, managed the firm’s commercial business and served as chairman of the partnership committee before retiring.

He spoke to GovCon Exec magazine, Executive Mosaic’s print publication, on the need to re-imagine infrastructure in the Fall 2011 issue.

Before moving over to Booz Allen’s commercial business, he served as managing director of the global government business, leading the public sector business within the U.S. and abroad.

He served six terms on the board of directors and was a member of the firm’s leadership team responsible for setting Booz Allen’s strategic agenda, market strategy, resource allocation and major investments.

Gerencser led Booz Allen’s national security business at one point and created its homeland security practice.

He created the commercial enterprise resilience practice serving clients in consumer, financial services, energy and healthcare industries and also created Booz Allen’s Infrastructure Center of Excellence.

Gerencser has had many external leadership roles, including an industry expert panel addressing the National Security Agencys infrastructure resilience and facilitating CEO roundtables addressing interdependencies between business, trade and security.

He hosted a cyber-summit for Fortune 1000 and agency chief information officer to create a shared agenda on information privacy and assurance.

He has chaired several technology studies for the Electronics Industries Association to forecast the impact of technological change; led war games and multi-stakeholder simulations to address port security, bioterrorism, and cybersecurity challenges; and represented industry to several Office of the Secretary of Defense net assessment initiatives to help assess U.S. defense readiness.

He currently serves on a bipartisan policy center commission addressing energy security policy for the United States.

Gerencser was nominated by the White House and confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee as a member of the National Security Education Board, chaired by the Secretary of Defense.

He is a member of Business Executives for National Security, serves on its board of directors and was chairman of its policy committee.

He is chairman of the board of visitors for the University of Maryland, University College where he received the President’s Medal in 2009 for his leadership and vision in advancing higher education.

In an essay for UMUC’s Achiever magazine, he outlines the opportunities and implications for businesses as they enter the real of big data (click over to ExecutiveBiz for the full article).

Gerencser is a board member of Security Technology Institute incubating the growth of new cyber technology companies in the State of Maryland.

In 2007, Consulting Magazine named him one of the top 25 most influential consultants in the world.

ExecutiveBiz named him one of the Top 10 Game Changers in Washington D.C. for 2009 and one of the Top 20 People to Watch for 2011.Virginia Business Magazine listed him as one of the Top 25 Executives to Watch in 2011.

He has also authored numerous articles on technology and policy (Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Robotic Vehicles, Toward a Digital Democracy, Re-Imagining America’s Infrastructure) and its impact on business or national security.

According to Vital Speeches of the Day, Gerencser’s keynote speech at the 2009 Cybersecurity Symposium was one of “The best thoughts of the best minds on current national questions.”

He has appeared on numerous television news programs on CNN and other networks and has been featured in print media as well, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

Gerencser holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University’s College of Engineering and a master’s in technology management from the University of Maryland, University College.

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