As vice president and segment leader of federal healthcare for the U.S. Public Sector region of HP Enterprise Services, Don Picard spends his days in talks with government officials. His responsibilities include conducting business with agencies ranging from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Military Health System in the Defense Department.
After assuming responsibility for all EDS (now HP) Medicare business in 1999, Picard was tapped to run the the rest of the HHS in 2006. VA and MHS were added to his growing list of responsibilities in 2007.
Picard began his career with HP in 1983, working as a an attorney and providing support for federal government business. He was promoted to to deputy general counsel in 1985, when he began to build a team of attorneys to support EDS Medicaid and other state and local government business throughout the United States.
Despite a brief break from law to counsel to the EDS Office of Government Affairs (now HP Global Government Affairs) in Washington, D.C., he returned to EDS Legal Affairs in 1991, where he was vice president and counsel for the business units responsible for state healthcare and state and local government business.
Picard received a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1977 from the University of Wisconsin. He earned a law degree from Boston University in 1980.