Top 10 Civilian Executives to Watch: Angela Heise, Leidos

Angela Heise

As president of Leidos’ Civil Group, Angela Heise is proud of several milestones and achievements her team realized in 2018. The Civil Group is a $3.4 billion segment of Leidos with 9,500 employees, whose work spans from glaciers to galaxies — ranging from operating the world’s longest supply chain to Antarctica to packing 35,000 pounds of cargo each year for the International Space Station.

With such a diverse range of programs, Heise focused on driving a culture of innovation across the organization in 2018. These innovations contributed to revenue growth of 3.6% from the prior year and set the organization up for success in 2019 and beyond.

An innovation Heise is particularly excited about is the algorithm development to benefit transportation security stakeholders. Currently, Leidos has deployed over 600 Reveal dual-energy computed tomography explosives detection systems at over 200 airports worldwide.

“My group is focused on homeland security solutions, and that team transformed the Reveal product’s algorithms to detect opioids in mailed packages at international mail facilities and express courier consignment facilities,” Heise said. The prototyping has led to a 3,000% increase in mail inspection efficiency.

But most of all, Heise said she’s extremely proud of the accomplishments her team made in helping customers achieve their missions.

“We continue to help modernize infrastructure, systems and security by offering transformative IT, expert logistics and proven inspection technologies for government and highly regulated commercial customers,” she said.

And according to Heise, Leidos differentiates itself from competitors by focusing on technology, customer relationships, key personnel and past performance.

Currently, AI and data analytics are helping Leidos advance its customers’ missions, whether it’s around SecDevOps so agencies can be more efficient in developing applications for their end users or around RPA to automate certain tasks to use resources more effectively.

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Going forward, Heise plans to continue focusing on technology, customer relationships and employee engagement.

“This year, my team has been focused on continuing to apply technology that enables our customers’ missions,” she said. “We help our customers achieve their missions and technology goals by delivering purpose-built solutions with  cybersecurity as a standard, efficient project delivery and end-user satisfaction.”

She also remains a strong advocate of talent development and a champion for several employee engagement and training programs within Leidos. Heise plans to maintain those activities while leading her team to grow in digital transformation, global security products and services, and mission software systems.

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