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 the alphabetized list, 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:
A seasoned executive who learned the nuts and bolts of the govcon space while at Lockheed Martin for 20 years, Kay Kapoor has been the President of AT&T Government Solutions since March 2013. Earlier this year, WashingtonExec interviewed the STEM graduate about her work to encourage young girls to pursue STEM degrees.
In February 2015, Kapoor served as the Greater Washington Heart Ball Chairperson, helping raise more than $1 million towards the American Heart Association‘s local community outreach efforts to educate the public about heart disease, stroke and the effects of childhood obesity, as well as cardiovascular research.“I currently mentor several different professionals at various levels in their respective careers, both in industry and in government, each of whom is clearly passionate about their own career path in STEM and hungry to learn,” Kapoor said. “I also speak often publicly about the value of mentoring in STEM fields, most recently to a gathering of students, faculty, and regional business leaders at my alma mater, the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.”
Reason to watch: As Kapoor is heading towards her third year with the $4.5 billion, 4,000 employee federal division of AT&T, she continues to bring new markets and ideas to the organization.