From Executive Mosaic President and
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Executive Mosaic’s Weekly News Round-Up
Last week, we announced in this space that Executive Mosaic has released our Fall 2012 issue of GovCon Exec magazine, Mobility + Security: Meeting the Challenge.
In the issue’s CEO profile, Executive Mosaic sat down with George Schindler, president of CGIGroup’s U.S. operations, who gave personal insight on how collaborating during tumultuous market periods, such as our current environment, has enabled him to drive successes over the course of his 37-year industry career.
In 2004, CGI acquired American Management Systems, his employer of more than 20 years, and Schindler assumed control of the New York region where both companies had developed strong businesses, one in banking and the other with state government.
“I could have kept them separate in their separate industries, but I really wanted to get the cross-fertilization and collaboration to create some of the innovation we were looking for,” Schindler said.
Schindler later helped CGI double its growth when he lead its acquisition of Stanley Inc. in 2010, which Washington Technology honored as its ‘Deal of the Year’.
He elevated to his current position on the heels of that deal, and kept driving home collaboration, this time by consolidating different arms of the company.
“Taking those common threads, developing common solutions—leading the company through that is energizing to me,” Schindler said.
For this personal insight and more on the professional and personal journey of a seasoned GovCon leader, pick up a copy ofGovCon Exec today.
Bill Hoover, American Systems Pick Up SAIC’s Testing Unit
Bill Hoover, president and CEO of American Systems, said the company has viewed strengthening its testing and evaluation portfolio as key to growth for several years and hopes to gain new customers and enter new markets with the acquisition.
American Systems’ human capital and managed services group, which is led by VP and GM Jason Frye, will add the around 300 SAIC employees from the testing unit.
John Hillen, Sotera Look to National Security Growth with New CFO Jennifer Felix
Twenty-year industry veteran Jennifer Felix has joined Sotera Defense Solutions as chief financial officer and executive vice president.
Felix previously oversaw mergers and acquisitions at General Dynamics ISTG after a stint as VP and corporate controller at Vangent.
“Having a CFO with the right breadth of experience to champion Sotera’s growth into the
$500M+ range while navigating the complex and dynamic national security market is a must for our organization, said John Hillen, president and CEO.
Felix has also served as a VP at Deltek and has held executive positions at American Management Systems and Deloitte.
Bill Varner on ManTech’s Addition of Fleetwood Lilley as Cyber Contracts VP
ManTech International has appointed Fleetwood Lilley VP of contracts for the mission, cyber and intelligence solutions (MCIS) group.
Bill Varner, president and chief operating officer of MCIS, said that
demand is growing in the government and commercial markets for cyber-oriented business and Lilley has 28-years of contract oversight experience in that sector.
Mike Lee, TWD Promote Dave Arundel to Lead GWAC Center
Former program manager Dave Arundel has been appointed to head the governmentwide acquisition center at TWD & Associates.
Mike Lee, TWD’s chief operating officer, said the center will work to identify GWAC and IDIQ opportunities that could lead to a higher volume of sales for the company.
Arundel worked for the past five years with theDepartment of Homeland Security and the Naval Sea Systems Command in business capture, proposal management, program management and business consulting.
As head of GWAC, Arundel will implement procedures and processes to improve the company’s business opportunities.
BAE Systems and EADS Merger Reportedly at ‘Advanced Stage’
Europe’s two biggest government contractors, BAE Systems andEADS are in advanced stages of talks to merge the companies, reports said Wednesday.
If the joint venture were realized, BAE shareholders would own 40 percent of available stocks, while EADS shareholders would receive the rest along with $321 million prior to the transaction being completed.
The companies have until October 10 to decide whether there is a deal to merge since the governments of Europe are so intimately involved in the potential joint venture.
The French, U.K. and German governments would receive special shares if the joint venture were to take place.