The last time we caught up with Mike Stolarik he was head of the Mission Solutions Group at QinetiQ North America, a roughly $600 million organization focused on IT, engineering, and security for defense, intelligence, space, homeland and other federal civilian agencies. Now comes word that Stolarik has been tapped QinetiQ North America’s new president and chief operating officer. Here Stolarik shares a few insights into QinetiQ’s growth and what’s next for the company.
How does QinetiQ North America compete against large business integrators in the marketplace?
Mike Stolarik: We focus on our customers“™ missions. We bid on jobs that support, and therefore require detailed knowledge of, the mission. We stay away from bids that tend to be commodity oriented. We’re able to support rocket launches for NASA and defense customers because we employ rocket scientists and mission specialists; we are successful in fixed price software development projects because we have skilled software developers and disciplined practices “” and we understand the mission needs and requirements. We have bright and capable people who work directly with customers. We also have a very responsive approach embedded in our management structure: the customers can get to our senior people quickly and easily.