All I can say is the 10 executives named last month to the ExecutiveBiz Beltway Game Changers list have to be feeling pretty good about their employment prospects in 2008. Yesterday, Dan Johnson was appointed President of General Dynamics Information Technology – effective April 1. In elevating Johnson from his previous role as EVP, I can only wonder which of the following factors came into play for the General Dynamics executive team:
1) Johnson’s skillful handling of the day-to-day operations of the 16,000 person organization the past two years
2) Johnson’s successful track record as COO at Anteon before the company was acquired by General Dynamics in 2006
3) Johnson being named by ExecutiveBiz as one of the top 10 Beltway Game Changers last month
As much as I’d like to believe that the ExecutiveBiz distinction led to his new role as President, I’m willing to allow that Johnson’s performance the past several years did not go unnoticed at the company. As President, Johnson will report to Gerard J. DeMuro, General Dynamics executive vice president and group executive for Information Systems and Technology. Johnson will succeed Michael E. Chandler, who is retiring.
In the release, DeMuro cited Dan’s “… deep understanding of General Dynamics Information Technology’s services, customers and opportunities,” adding that, “… General Dynamics Information Technology will continue to prosper by providing exceptional service and achieving high levels of customer satisfaction under Dan’s leadership.”
In his new role, Johnson will be in an even better position to truly change the game for General Dynamics in the Federal IT space. Time will only tell which game changer we shall hear from next.