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2021 Vision Strategic Planning Forum Speakers
Defense Strategic Planning Forum Speakers
Founding Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
Mr. Chao is a founding partner of Renaissance Strategic Advisors and a co-founder of Enlightenment Capital. He brings three decades of aerospace/defense strategy management consulting, investment banking, equity analysis, investing, and policy analysis expertise. Prior to establishing RSAdvisors, Mr. Chao was the Director of Defense-Industrial Initiatives at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington D.C.-based, non-partisan defense and foreign policy think tank, from 2003-2007; where he still remains as a Senior Associate.
Founder and President, Crenshaw Consulting Associates, LLC
Lou retired from partnership at Grant Thornton, LLP in 2013, where he was the Principal with responsibility for the firm’s national Aerospace and Defense practice, coordinating the delivery of tax, audit and business advisory services to over 50 clients. Prior to this role, Lou served as the partner responsible for the Defense and Intelligence practice within the Global Public Sector of Grant Thornton, where he had experience managing and directing Defense/Intel teams throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) to include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Defense Agencies, military services and national intelligence agencies. Significant engagements included U.S. Marine Corps Audit, Washington Headquarters Service advisory services, Defense Logistics Agency A76/MEO support, Missile Defense Agency accounting support, Navy BRAC support and numerous strategic sourcing efforts throughout DoD.
Vice President of Strategy & Planning, BAE Systems, Inc.
Peter joined BAE Systems from Booz & Company (formerly part of Booz Allen Hamilton), where he advised leading aerospace and defense companies on strategy and program management. Previously, Peter served in business development, policy, and engineering roles in industry and government. As director of sales and marketing at Hughes Electronics, Peter helped build a satellite services start-up business that was eventually sold to PanAmSat. Prior to Hughes, Peter served as a professional staff member on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, a systems engineer at TRW, and a senior staff member at MITRE.
Senior Director, Competitive Intelligence & Price To Win (CI/PTW), Perspecta
Mr. Ehrmantraut has a functional background in public sector strategy, corporate development, and growth. He has 18 years of progressive experience developing strategy based on analysis of market and competitive dynamics. In his current role as Director of Competitive Intelligence and Price To Win (PTW) at Perspecta, Chad and his team are responsible for facilitating the delivery of executive-level market and competitive analysis and PTW solutions. His organization has a leadership role in informing the strategic planning process, leading Corporate Development / M&A analysis, supporting opportunity identification and qualification, and supporting capture on large / strategic opportunity pursuits and leading PTW on large, strategic opportunity pursuits.
Nyla Beth Gawel
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Acting Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, SAIC
Nyla Beth Gawel is senior vice president, responsible for corporate strategy, and acting chief marketing and communications officer for SAIC. She is responsible for developing the company’s strategy to drive organic growth and strengthen its capabilities to deliver transformational solutions to federal government customers. She also works with leaders from across the organization to ensure strategic business plans are aligned and successfully executed. As acting chief marketing and communications officer, Gawel is responsible for SAIC’s corporate reputation and brand management; external communications; public relations; digital and social media; thought leadership; events and trade shows; financial communications; and crisis management. Gawel is also responsible for advancing business strategy through the development of a highly successful and unified brand presence.
VP, Strategy and Corporate Development, PAE
Adam Harrison serves as vice president of Strategy and Corporate Development. Harrison brings a breadth of organic and inorganic growth expertise to the PAE leadership team to support current and new strategies for PAE’s continued expansion, including acquisitions growth.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Leidos
Bruce Stephenson is Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy at Leidos. He was the former Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer for Maxar Technologies, a space systems and services company. He was also previously a Partner with Bain & Company, focused on the Utilities & Alternative energy and Aerospace sectors, where he worked with clients to develop corporate and business unit strategies, improve operational performance, and engage in mergers and acquisitions.
Vice President, Corporate Development, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Civilian Strategic Planning Forum Speakers
CEO & Founder, Integrated Systems Solutions
Tom Bucher is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Systems Solutions. In this capacity, Tom is responsible for the strategic planning of the company, all profit and loss, overseeing the definition of future markets and working with his executive team to ensure the highest levels of client service through delivery and staffing of engagements. He also provides senior level guidance directly to Federal government executives spanning the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence and Civil agencies.
President, Mission Services & Solutions, DLH
Helene Fisher is president of DLH’s Mission Services & Solutions operating unit (previously Danya International, Inc.). She has more than 25 years’ industry experience on high-profile programs. Helene’s mission is to provide innovative solutions for social impact and shape healthy futures for children, military Service Members, and populations impacted by infectious diseases with DLH’s health-enabled technology, data analytics, informatics, monitoring and evaluation, training, strategic digital communications and healthcare solutions.
President & CEO, Abt Associates
Kathleen Flanagan is president and chief executive officer of Abt Associates. She assumed the position on October 1, 2009, after a distinguished career working across the broad range of markets and policy areas that reflect the company's business today.
Principal, Avascent DC
Rachel leads Avascent’s healthcare advisory practice where she consults on a wide range of issues faced by companies in the market, including early-stage market entry strategy development, merger and acquisition due diligence, strategic/account planning, and capture support and price-to-win assessment. Rachel’s areas of expertise include patient care and benefits management, public health and life sciences, and health information technology.
President & CEO, Bid2Win
Helene Johnson has 40+ years in the information technology field and 25+ years of GovCon tactical/strategic business development in capture Management and relationship building. She also has 20 years in Advisory Board memberships. Johnson excels in training, mentoring, and facilitation.
President, JBS International
Dr. Kasten was named the President of JBS International in April 2019. She has served as Chief Strategy Officer, Vice President, and Senior Researcher during her tenure at JBS. She began her career as a clinician serving people with substance use and mental disorders. Dr. Kasten has more than two decades of experience in behavioral health, public policy, program evaluation, change analyses, and performance measurement. For eight years, she directed JBS’s Clinical Technical Assistance contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. Kasten is a co-author of “Methadone Maintenance Treatment in the United States: A Practical Question and Answer Guide.”
President & CEO, RIVA Solutions
Naveen Krishnamurthy is an accomplished two-time business owner and CEO. Since founding RIVA years ago, Naveen has worked to define a culture that inspires employees to achieve unimaginable personal and professional development. While focused on results and accountability, Naveen is better known for his out-of-the-box and disruptive thinking. Through social media, he shares real-time vision with his team and the community, demanding and inspiring action that betters government.
Anirudh Kulkarni is the founder and CEO of CVP. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in business and technology consulting, strategy development, change management, and advanced technology strategy. Anirudh’s specialties include e-commerce, customer relationship management, operations and IT alignment, organizational transformation, and operations research. His industry expertise lies in government, media, telecommunications, and financial services.
Founder, President & CEO, Business Management Associates
Ms. Russell founded Business Management Associates, Inc. (BMA), a business process and human capital management firm, after a decade of experience in the IT consulting industry. As President and CEO, she has grown her Alexandria, VA, company from a $500 investment in 2005 to a flourishing federal, state, and local government contracting firm with more than 100 employees and $10 million in yearly revenue. Today, her smart, dedicated staff members integrate people and process to transform client organizations and meet BMA’s vision.
Andrea C. McCarthy, President of Harp, is a results-oriented executive with over 20 years of business development, capture management, proposal and marketing experience. Skilled in executing the full lifecycle of cultivating, capturing and winning new business, Ms. McCarthy honed her expertise working for The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman, and SAIC. She is highly networked within the Federal Homeland Security and Law Enforcement community with both government and industry. The information technology solutions she has experience with include application development, biometrics, cloud computing, legacy system migration as well as program management.
Senior Vice President, CGI
Mr. Mossburg currently leads CGI Federal’s Strategic Operations Group. In this role, he is responsible for leading the transformation of CGI Federal’s sales culture to a consultative lead sales operation. Mr. Mossburg also manages CGI Federals’ Strategic Capture, Proposal, Pricing, GWAC, and Government Relations teams.
Chief Growth Officer, Aleut Federal
Ms. Webb has more than 30 years’ experience providing support in all facets of business development. For the past 15 years she has been supporting small businesses in a variety of aspects including supporting mentor-protégé relationships, serving as corporate strategy support, and assisting them in pursuing new strategic initiatives. She is responsible in AAR for updating and implementing AAR’s strategic business plan and achieve the company’s business growth objectives. This includes successfully leading efforts to obtain 8(a) direct negotiated contracts. She is a Fellow of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) and achieved APMP Certification – Foundation Level. She holds an MBA-Marketing from the University of Phoenix.