President, Defense Group, Leidos
Leidos impressed industry insiders with its recent win of the coveted $7.7 billion Next Generation Enterprise Network Service Management, Integration and Transport contract. The company’s Defense Group, headed by Gerry Fasano, led the charge and wrestled the Navy’s biggest IT services contract away from a two-decade incumbent.
The award was Leidos’ largest win to date and illustrative of Fasano’s relentless work ethic and technical prowess that has only sharpened over his 30-plus years in the industry. Leidos is a Reston, Virginia-based company that has seen explosive growth in its defense business under Fasano’s leadership — even amid a global pandemic.
While others in the defense industry responded to COVID-19 by initially slamming the brakes, Fasano underscored to his employees that while the days ahead would be undoubtedly challenging, the company’s focus on supporting its customers with “can’t fail” missions could not falter.
His directive resulted in monumental success for the technology, engineering and science solutions company. At the height of the pandemic, Leidos retained the critical recompete $6.5 billion GSMO II contract — a testament to Fasano’s strong leadership and strategic foresight.
Fasano has been laser-focused on helping Leidos to achieve a differentiated and scaled defense business. The Fortune 250 company has not only accelerated its growth, but undergone a rapid transformation. In 2021 alone, Leidos acquired the 1901 Group, a leading provider for managed IT services and cloud solutions, and Gibbs & Cox, the largest independent ship design firm in the nation.
With customer requirements continuing to evolve, expect Fasano and his team to make additional investments in solutions and technologies as they continue their pursuit to grow the company’s footprint in the defense market.