In a year of transformational change, government contractors are facing that question like never before. A few select leaders are even shaping the conversation.
For the second year in a row, WashingtonExec has assembled its list of executives who are blazing a path in uncertain times. Who are the trendsetters finding opportunities and maintaining their relevance in a crowded marketplace?
Mark Testoni serves as president and chief executive at SAP National Security Services, his influence goes well beyond his work running the Rockville, Md.-based company. Simply put, Testoni is equally well-regarded for his leadership in the national security space – you may have even caught his recent appearance on CNBC – as he is for the philanthropy he brings to a wide variety of causes.
Beyond his work for the National Kidney Foundation (he has served as chairman of the annual gala event), Testoni was the driving force behind the creation of NS2 Serves in 2013. This three-month in-residence program trains and certifies veterans returning to the workforce in enterprise resource planning software, and places them in careers at companies like Accenture Federal and Deloitte. To date, more than 120 veterans have successfully graduated from the program.
Why watch: In addition to Testoni’s philanthropic work, expect continued leadership deploying cloud computing in the federal space. “Modernizing IT systems is essential for agencies with goals for increased system performance for mission success,” says Testoni. Plus, Testoni is gearing up for an increased commercial technology presence in national security missions. “It’s time to move faster because information technology is leaping forward at a fierce pace,” says Testoni. “I look forward to playing a role in bringing technology innovation to bear on the challenges faced by those charged with the all-important mission of national security.”