GovCon Exec Magazine Highlights 15 GovCon Execs to Watch in 2012

In its 2011 winter issue, GovCon Exec Magazine published its annual list of government contracting executives and government officials who are poised to shape the industry in the upcoming year.

Below, you’ll find the 12 members of the private sector who were awarded positions on the “15 to Watch in 2012”. For their public sector counterparts, check out our coverage on ExecutiveGov.


Dan Allen, president of U.S. Operations, CACI International

Allen assumed his current role on Jan. 1 after serving as chief operating officer for CACI’s U.S. operations.

Prior to joining the firm in March 2011, he oversaw Northrop Grumman‘s  internal information security operations and led delivery of enterprise services at General Dynamics‘ information technology business unit.

Bill Ballhaus, CEO, SRA International

Ballhaus took on the top position at SRA in July 2011.

He previously held the chief executive position at DynCorp International and was senior strategic advisor for Cerberus Capital Management.

Ballhaus became a division president at BAE Systems at age 35.

John Hillen, president and CEO, Sotera Defense Solutions

Hillen has held his current position since 2008 and took the company public in 2009.

He previously served as U.S. assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs under President George W. Bush.

Hillen is a decorated Army officer, who worked in reconnaissance and special operations in Asia, Europe and Middle East.

Dan Johnson, president, General Dynamics Information Technology

Johnson has led General Dynamics’ IT operations since 2008 after serving two years as the company’s chief operating officer.

The six-year Navy veteran previously worked with Navy contracts at KPMG. His personal transition from a military foundation into IT reflects General Dynamics’ transformation from a military hardware contractor into a leader in technology solutions.

Kay Kapoor, managing director, U.S. Federal Practice, Accenture

Kapoor joined Accenture in July 2011 from ITT, where she served as vice president of the advanced information systems division.

Kapoor previously spent 20 years with Lockheed Martin.


David Langstaff, president and CEO, TASC

Langstaff moved to the chief executive position at TASC in March 2011 after serving on the company’s board of directors.

His previous board and executive positions came with SRA International and QinetiQ Group, among others.

He led homeland security IT contractor Veridian Corp. through a 2002 IPO.

David Melcher, president and CEO, ITT Exelis

Melcher was president of ITT Corp.’s $5.7 billion defense technology and information solutions business, which spun off into standalone ITT Exelis in October 2011.

Melcher is a retired Lieutenant General who served the Army for 32 years. He also attended Harvard Business School.


Judy Marks, CEO, Siemens Government Technologies

Marks assumed her post atop the Siemens unit in May 2011 from Lockheed Martin, where she lead the information systems and global services unit.

She began her career with IBM Federal Systems and aims to double federal sales.


Tom Romeo, president, Federal Services, MAXIMUS

Romeo joined MAXIMUS from Accenture, where he was partner of the Federal Healthcare business.

Romeo previously worked at IBM, rising from a business area manager to vice president of federal services in three years.

He managed IBM’s client relationships with HHS, VA and SSA.

George Schindler, president, U.S. operations, CGI Goup

Schindler became president of CGI’s U.S. operations in September 2011 after serving as president of CGI Federal for five years.

He led CGI’s acquisition of Stanley Associates, which doubled CGI’s government business. CGI Federal was named contractor of the year by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce under his reign.


Tony Smeraglinolo, executive vice president, L-3 Services Group

The DynCorp, Harris Corp. and DRS Technologies veteran is currently leading L-3’s spin-off of some of its government services into a new publicly traded company to be called Engility.

He previously restructured DynCorp’s global stabilization and development solutions, doubling the division in size.


Chris Taylor, CEO, Mission Essential Personnel

After serving as the company’s senior vice president for global strategy, Taylor assumed MEP’s CEO role in 2009.

The company which began with a $1,400 investment and two staff, now employs 8,300 workers, with 7,000 in Afghanistan.



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