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McLean's SAIC Names New CEO

Former Air Force Chief of Staff new leader

SAIC, a huge and far-reaching government contracting firm headquartered in McLean, has announced it's next CEO: John P. Jumper,  former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and a membr of SAIC's board of directors.

Jumper will succeed Walter P. Havenstein as chief executive officer March 1, according to a company statement. SAIC announced in October, 2011 that Havenstein would retire as CEO after leading the government-contracting company for a little more than two years. Havenstein said he was leaving for personal reasons, according to a press release from the company.

"Given SAIC's focus on providing the most advanced technical solutions to war fighters and government and commercial customers, after an exhaustive search of candidates the Board viewed Jumper as uniquely qualified to lead SAIC at this time," said A. Thomas Young, chairman of the board, according to the SAIC statement.

The Washington Post reported: "Jumper inherits a company with a storied history but a number of problems. Like many other contractors facing declining government spending, SAIC has recently seen reduced sales and profit. The company also is dealing with a scandal surrounding a New York City contract to manage an employment timekeeping system called CityTime. Last year, SAIC said three executives had been removed in connection to that program—though the company stressed there is no evidence any of them were personally involved with the fraud."

Jumper, who  joined the SAIC board in 2007 and will remain a member of the board, retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 after nearly 40 years of service.

SAIC has approximately 41,000 employees  that serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets.  Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of approximately $11 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2011, the company said.

Don O'Neill April 16, 2012 at 03:02 PM
General Jumper’s assignment as SAIC CEO may deliver the leadership needed at SAIC. More importantly, if General Jumper shows innovative leadership in coping with the austerity of the times, it may deliver the industry leadership needed. For example, the most significant game changer a defense industry senior executive can deliver is a commitment to accept fixed price contracts on large software-intensive programs along with a convincing capability to deliver that. Both the Department of Defense and the defense industry need a stalking horse to populate a tool kit of capabilities for successfully engaging in fixed price contracts and for evaluating the challenges and benefits of doing so. With General Jumper’s leadership, SAIC could provide that. Don O’Neill ONeillDon@aol.com

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