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:
If you’re contemplating a relaxing semi-retirement in the future, don’t look to Dr. John Hillen as a model. In 2015, the former Sotera Defense solutions CEO and PSC Chairman perhaps set a record for part-time roles and affiliations in the GovCon industry. A chairman of two corporate boards and one advisory board, and a director on three others, he also held board roles at PSC and six non-profit institutions. As the Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice at George Mason’s business school, he teaches leadership and strategy and recently launched the school’s GovCon initiative.
The former Assistant Secretary of State still dabbles in policy, co-chairing a U.S. Navy study on ethics last year and publishing several articles on U.S. foreign policy and strategy. In other words, don’t invite Hillen to be in your tournament foursome if you’re looking for someone with a low handicap. Dr. Hillen continues to be one of the more influential voices in the GovCon community and will be penning a monthly column for Washington Technology magazine in 2016.
Reason to watch: Watch for Hillen’s GovCon Initiative at George Mason to make waves and his companies to make moves (two of them just closed on their first acquisitions), but by the end of 2016 he could also end up in a sub-cabinet position in the government if there is a Republican administration.