Within a Q1 earnings call by CGI Group earlier this week, the company named James Peake as President of CGI Federal. According to the company website, Toni Townes-Whitley has been promoted from Senior Vice President for Civilian Agency programs to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CGI Federal.
Peake previously served as Secretary of Veterans Affairs under President George W. Bush from 2007 to 2009. Under Peake’s leadership, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supported a staff of 280,000, including employees at medical centers, nursing homes, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country. At that time, the U.S. VA had a budget of $97.5 billion. Prior to his federal appointment, Peake was COO and a member of the Board of Directors for QTC, the largest U.S. private provider of government-outsourced occupational health and disability examination services.
Peake received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was later commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. After serving in Vietnam, Peake graduated from Cornell medical school in 1972.
Retiring from the U.S. Army in 2004, Peake was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Project HOPE, an international healthcare nonprofit.
Peake’s accolades include the Order of Military Merit, the “A” Professional Designator, and the Medallion, Surgeon General of the United States. He also received the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with “V” device and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.
Donna Ryan, as previously planned, has retired as President of CGI Federal.