Announcing the Chief Officer Awards Winners

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WashingtonExec on June 17 unveiled the winners of the Chief Officer Awards, a program that highlights and recognizes C-suite executives both in industry and government.

A panel of judges chose the 17 winners from a group of nearly 60 finalists. Booz Allen Hamilton Chief Innovation Officer Susan Penfield was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her advocacy for women in STEM careers and her drive to continually advance the firm’s innovation journey. EverWatch CEO Dr. John Hillen served as the master of ceremonies.

Originally scheduled as an in-person event, the Chief Officer Awards pivoted into a virtual live-streamed program to accommodate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations about in-person events. Over 500 people watched the awards.

To kick off the event, singer/songwriter Shane Gamble performed “God Bless the USA”:

WashingtonExec would like to thank again all the nominees and the event sponsor Amentum.

2020 Chief Awards Winners

Public Company

Chief Information Officer

Chris Bjornson, Accenture Federal Services


Chief Operating Officer

Brian Sandager, Cerner


Chief Financial Officer

Alison Harbrecht, GDIT


Chief Marketing/Communications Officer

Roela Santos, SAIC


Chief Human Resources Officer

Tammy Heller, Perspecta


Chief Technology Officer

Charles Onstott, SAIC


Chief Growth Officer

Craig Reed, Serco Inc.


Private Company

Chief Information Security Officer



Chief Operating Officer

Charles Beard, Guidehouse


Chief Financial Officer

Bruce Crowell, SOSi

Chief Technology Officer

Allen Badeau, NCI


Chief Growth Officer

Mike King, Peraton



Chief Acquisition Officer

Harrison Smith, Internal Revenue Service


Chief Information Officer

Maria Roat, Small Business Administration


Chief Data Officer

Eileen Vidrine, U.S. Air Force


Chief Technology Officer

Robert Brown, Citizenship and Immigration Services


Chief Information Security Officer

Garth White, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology


To learn more about the finalists, check out this Q&A series.

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