Derrick R. Pledger is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Leidos Inc. As CIO, Derrick is responsible for establishing and executing the Information Technology (IT) strategy to promote growth, operations resilience, seamless end-user and digital experiences, as well as outcome-based service delivery across the Leidos enterprise. His core focus is leveraging technology and innovation to optimize process, operations, and mission outcomes to support the Leidos Defense, Intel, Civil, Health, and Dynetics portfolios. As part of the Leidos Office of Technology (OOT) leadership team, Derrick also collaborates with other Leidos technology leaders to develop and deploy differentiated technologies and mission solutions to support both internal stakeholders as well as external customers across all Leidos markets.
Prior to assuming the role of CIO, Derrick served as the Director of Digital Modernization for Leidos, where he led the development of the digital modernization investment and execution strategies in support of the Leidos enterprise. His work encompassed research and development, technical innovation, and managing strategic partnerships in the areas of Cloud, DevSecOps, Application Modernization, Enterprise IT, Mission IT support, and Edge Computing. His team also supported engineering and capture activities for many of Leidos’ most complex and strategic programs and contributed to more than $40B in contract wins from 2019 to 2022.
Pledger is a United States Army veteran. He has served multiple tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa— both in uniform and as a contractor in support of Operation Iraqi & Enduring Freedom missions, as well as in support of counter-piracy operations. Since joining Leidos, he has held multiple engineering and technical management positions of increasing scope and responsibility, to include Vice President, Enterprise Solution Architect, Chief Engineer, Program Manager, Chief Infrastructure Architect and Lead Systems Integrator, and Field Service Engineer. His expertise ranges from managing complex software programs and designing hybrid cloud environments, to supporting rapid software development, systems integration, and data exploitation missions at the enterprise and tactical levels across the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies.
Pledger holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), a specialized degree in Intelligence Operations from Cochise College, as well as numerous technical and industry credentials (e.g., Project Management Professional®, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Information Technology Infrastructure Library®, Scaled Agile Framework®, and other cloud computing certifications).