Nazzic Keene Honored as COO of the Year by WBJ

Nazzic Keene, SAIC
Nazzic Keene, SAIC

Science Applications International Corp. Chief Operating Officer Nazzic Keene has been named COO of the Year by The Washington Business Journal.

“I am honored to have been named COO of the Year by The Washington Business Journal and to be among so many outstanding honorees this year,” Keene said. “My career and time with SAIC have been rewarding and I am grateful to my colleagues and mentors who have helped me to build great teams, develop new leaders, and provide rewarding career opportunities for talented people. This is an exciting time for SAIC as we continue to grow and advance as a company, and I am proud to help lead us through the next chapter in our evolution.”

Keene joined two other COO of the Year honorees, who were recognized during the 2018 CEO of the Year and C-Suite Awards on Dec. 7.

Every year, The Washington Business Journal recognizes the most admirable chief executives and C-level executives, including chief financial officers, chief information officers, chief operating officers, chief marketing officers, nonprofit executive directors and managing partners demonstrating vital leadership and business savvy to guide their businesses to success.

Keene, who joined SAIC in August 2012 as senior vice president for corporate strategy and planning, played a key role in the spinoff of SAIC from its former parent company in September 2013. 

After the separation, Keene became sector president of global markets & missions, tasked with customer relationships, leading SAIC’s selling strategies, expanding its business development pipeline, and overseeing program execution for SAIC’s then-$4 billion portfolio.

Last year, Keene took on the COO role, playing an integral part in designing and executing SAIC’s long-term strategy, Ingenuity 2025, growing the company to $4.5 billion. 

“Congratulations to Nazzic on this well-deserved award. Her leadership, counsel, and business savvy have helped to propel SAIC into the distinguished company it is today,” said SAIC CEO Tony Moraco. “As a business leader, she has helped our company to consistently grow and deliver solid earnings results year over year, even during challenging market conditions. I thank her for her leadership and commitment to growing the company, supporting our employees, and successfully executing our strategy.”

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