With its acquisition of government IT giant CSRA, General Dynamics Information Technology has positioned itself to become one of the top competitors in government IT services. And now it appears the company is putting the structure in place to take full advantage of the newfound opportunities.
General Dynamics IT announced its leadership team — an expansive group that signals not only a willingness to invest in market expertise, but also plans to set this piece of the larger company up to function relatively autonomously.
GDIT’s leadership team is also peppered with executives from CSRA, bringing the full force of both companies’ experience to bear.
Here are some of the key executives that will shape strategy for targeting the government IT market:
Amy Gilliland, president – Gilliland became the president of GDIT in September 2017 and has worked at General Dynamics in various leadership roles since 2005. She previously served in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare and public affairs officer.
Bernie Guerry, chief operating officer – Guerry is responsible for the day-to-day operations of GDIT. His career prior to becoming GDIT’s COO is peppered with intelligence work, as vice president of GDIT’s Intelligence Solutions Division and vice president and general manager of the National Intelligence Sector. Prior to that, Guerry served as a procurement executive at the CIA and worked at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Guerry began his career as an active duty Air Force officer.
Alison Harbrecht, chief financial officer – Harbrecht runs all financial aspects of GDIT. She joined General Dynamics in 2003, prior to which, she worked in financial and audit positions at Arthur Andersen and Navigant Consulting.
George Batsakis, chief growth officer – Batsakis runs GDIT’s technology and business development initiatives, working with the defense, intelligence, health and civil, homeland security and law enforcement markets. Batsakis is the first listed member of GDIT leadership to have held a leadership role at CSRA prior to the acquisition. He has served as a U.S. Army infantry officer and held various positions in the Army National Guard.
Kristie Grinnell, chief information officer – Grinnell leads GDIT’s information technology strategy for data centers, business application, wide-area networks and customer service. She has held various IT leadership positions prior to GDIT at CSC and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Christian Marrone, chief of staff – Another former CSRA employee, Marrone is the chief of staff for Gilliand. He has held many government positions, including chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security, special assistant to the defense secretary and acting assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs.
Ken Deutsch, senior vice president for defense – Also a former CSRA executive, Deutsch oversees the delivery of technology solutions for the Department of Defense. Deutsch’s previous work includes various Defense portfolios at CSC as well as over 30 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral.
Paul Nedzbala, senior vice president of federal civilian – Taken from CSRA’s Health and Civil Group, Nedzbala leads GDIT’s federal civilian portfolio. He has held leadership positions at SRA, United Information Systems and the Washington Consulting Group.
Adam Rudo, senior vice president for intelligence – Rudo manages the GDIT intelligence portfolio, and has served in a variety of leadership positions at General Dynamics since 2005. Rudo has also supported the intelligence community in multiple leadership roles at Lockheed Martin.
Leigh Palmer, senior vice president for national security – Taken from CSRA’s Intelligence Group, Palmer now controls the GDIT national security portfolio. Palmer has held leadership positions at BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman.
Jessie Bur covered the federal workforce and the changes most likely to impact government employees for Federal Times.