Contracts Council

To cultivate relationships, collaboration and insight between industry contracting executives and senior government leaders to improve the efficacy of the acquisition lifecycle designed to solve tough challenges and enable mission success.

Linda J. Asher

Linda Asher

SVP, Head of Contracts, Procurement & Pricing, Booz Allen Hamilton

Linda Asher leads corporate contracting operations across the firm, overseeing services to a broad base of clients across the defense, intelligence, civil, commercial, and international sectors.

With more than 25 years of contracting and business management experience, Linda offers expertise in contracting lifecycle services, risk management and issue resolution, trend analysis, client engagement strategies, and mergers and acquisitions. She worked with senior leadership to develop contracting strategies that meet growth goals and business optimization initiatives. Her focus areas are contracting and acquisition services with a balanced approach to regulatory compliance, risk management, and business development.

Before joining Booz Allen in 2005, Linda served as deputy director of operations at Mnemonics Inc. She provided business and contractual management expertise and led the technical service division by supporting contracts and programs with the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. In addition, she led technical programs in quality management and process level improvements (International Organization for Standardization 9000 and Capability Maturity Model Integration Maturity Level 3), successfully managing those activities through certification.

Linda holds a B.S. in management information systems from George Mason University. She is an active member in industry associations such as the National Contract Management Association and the Professional Services Council, and completed an advanced executive leadership program through the American Management Association.

Kimberly (Kim) Denver, Leidos

Kim Denver

SVP, Corporate Contracts, Procurement & Pricing, Leidos

On 15 April 2013, Mr. Kim Denver joined SAIC/Leidos as the Federal Corporate Contracts Director. In July 2014, Mr. Denver was appointed corporate responsibility for Contracts, Procurement and Pricing functions, then in 2016 designated the Chief Corporate Contracts Executive, leading approximately 500 professionals in the execution, compliance, and oversight of federal, commercial and international contracts, valued at approximately $10B, awarded for missions in national security, health, engineering domains. Mr. Denver brings over 28 years of federal contracting leadership and experience. On 19 June 2011, Mr. Kim Denver, then a member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Procurement). As DASA(P), he led over 8,000 military/civilian contracting professionals and managed the Army’s procurement mission, including development of policies, processes and contracting business systems. He directed the evaluation, measurement and continuous improvement for 270+ Army contracting offices worldwide executing contracts for major weapons systems, base logistics support, construction and wartime operational contracting in Iraq/Afghanistan. He served as the Army’s Functional Chief Representative for Contracting, overseeing the recruitment, training, certification, and professional development of the Army’s contracting workforce.

Mr. Denver’s career included serving as the Director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Contracting Organization from 2008 to 2011. He served as the principal contracting advisor to the Chief of Engineers and directly exercised authority over three Regional Principal Assistants Responsible for Contracting, nine Regional Contracting Chiefs, and four Center Contracting Chiefs and a workforce of 1,500 employees. He provided organizational contracting and business solutions, that ensured the development of streamlined standard contracting processes and procedures, and served as a business liaison between USACE and state and local governments, academia, foreign nations, and other agencies.