What’s coming next? The key government contracting leaders aren’t just asking the question, they’re shaping the conversation. In WashingtonExec’s inaugural list of Top 30 Executives to Watch, we turn the spotlight on industry leaders who are positioning their companies for greater growth and relevance ahead. Selected by industry colleagues, these leaders hail from a diverse range of companies, where they’re fueling new ways of thinking and responding to the many challenges faced by their government customers. From cybersecurity to national defense, healthcare IT to big data, the needs will only grow as we settle into this Presidential election year and beyond. Throughout, we’re placing our bets that these industry leaders will continue to drive value and exceed expectations across all levels of government.
Top 30 Execs to Watch Spotlight:
You might have recently seen AECOM’s Jill Bruning in a quick video interview last month speaking on the topic of girls in STEM, and the Stevie Award winner continues to lead the firm to success. Bruning was named Executive Vice President and General Manager shortly after the company’s industry-transforming acquisition of URS in 2014. She leads AECOM’s Intelligence Community and Services business — delivering the full life cycle of AECOM’s design, build and operate capabilities in engineering, technical services, mission support and intelligence analysis.
Bruning has more than 30 years of extensive executive experience supporting highly secure, complex IT enterprises for the intelligence community and Dept. of Defense. She has served on numerous corporate boards and was selected in October 2015 to serve on the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s Board of Advisors. As an engineer herself, Bruning is passionate about mentoring and helping women become more STEM educated. A strong supporter of diversity and inclusion program efforts at AECOM, she is also actively involved in AECOM’s WomenExcel employee group.
Reason to watch: In an industry where promotion through acquisition is rare, we can’t wait to see what new markets Bruning and her team will go after in 2016.