CTO Council

There are a lot of challenges for a CTO, most involving the need to focus on day to day issues such as ensuring that customers, BD and program organizations see value in the investments that CTOs are making.  What is a CTO to do? One outcome of this Council is to bring in outside speakers and facilitate peer discussion on how to approach/solve some of the challenges below:

Bob Ritchie - CTO, SAIC

Bob Ritchie


Ritchie joined SAIC in 2006 as a senior principal software engineer. He has led several agile teams in developing, modernizing, migrating, and operating resilient, highly available, enterprise-scale software systems in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency.

Prior to SAIC, he served as director of software engineering at Capital One, where he provided technical direction within an engineering organization of over 500 employees spanning multiple areas of expertise. He oversaw and guided the successful completion of major programs, including the enterprise migration of over 400 distributed applications from legacy data centers to full cloud infrastructure. He instilled DevSecOps best practices and reusable artifacts throughout the software engineering practice, highlighted by co-founding the Capital One DevOps Guild, an organization-wide effort.

Ritchie earned his Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Virginia Tech. He holds all nine AWS certifications.

David Egts

David Egts

Chief Technologist & Senior Director, Office of Chief Technologist, North America Public Sector at Red Hat

David Egts is the Chief Technologist of Red Hat’s North America Public Sector organization where he directs a global team of technical experts and field product management to help government clients improve service delivery the open source way. The Office of Chief Technologist, which he leads, adds value to flagship Red Hat technologies such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, OpenShift, and Linux containers. His team helps Red Hat achieve ideal product-market fit by ensuring current and future government requirements are factored into existing products and R&D efforts with a focus on security, compliance, standards, efficiency, and technological improvements. The government readiness activities performed by his team positively impacts public and private sector organizations in the US and internationally with a particular focus on Australia, Canada, Japan, and the UK.

David’s dynamic outward-facing role as a coalition builder reinforces and expands Red Hat’s relations with key government and open source community stakeholders nationally and internationally. He is a trusted Red Hat media spokesperson whose deep technical dives, C-suite policy discussions, and keynote speaker abilities enhance Red Hat’s technical reputation and positioning.

David received industry-wide recognition as a FedScoop 50 Industry Leadership awardee and a finalist for WashingtonExec’s Chief Officer Awards. He is a Red Hat Chairman’s Award recipient and has won multiple highest employee honors from previous employers Silicon Graphics and Concurrent Technologies Corporation. He is a past Co-Chair on the Board of Directors for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Software & Services Division (SSD) and is an active member of the Agile Government Leadership Association and the AFCEA DC Emerging Technologies Working Group. David is a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) and a three-time graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS and MS in Computer Science and an Executive MBA (Katz Graduate School of Business).

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