By: Robert J. Terry, Senior Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal
Fairfax, VA – 25 June 2018 – Mike McKinney will lead Sevatec’s innovation team and oversee its technology investments targeting the most critical needs of the Fairfax company’s national security customers. He’ll keep a particular eye on the pace of automation and the pressure on federal agencies to master rapid technology changes in agile software development, data analytics, cybersecurity engineering and cloud migration.
Pictured above, Mike McKinney, Sevatec Chief Solutions Officer
McKinney comes to Sevatec from Leesburg-based Marick Group, where he was chief technology officer. He was also Sevatec’s CTO from 2012 to 2015.
Sevatec employs more than 300 in Greater Washington, making it one of the region’s largest government technology contractors. The company was launched in 2003 by Sonny Kakar, a former Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader award winner.
Sevatec’s 2017 revenue totaled about $115 million, so it competes in the expansive mid-tier for government contractors, which typically describes firms with anywhere from $50 million to $100 million on up to $1 billion in sales. It won a spot on what’s been billed as the largest government IT contract vehicle of this decade, Alliant 2 Unrestricted, which has a potential value of $50 billion. The governmentwide acquisition contract, or GWAC, covers procurement for systems design, software engineering, information assurance and enterprise architecture products.
McKinney is Sevatec’s second senior executive hire in the past month or so. The company hired Steven Smith, the former acting chief information officer at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, as senior vice president of federal civilian programs overseeing agile delivery services.
“Chief solutions officer” is not a common title at Greater Washington government contractors but it’s one Sevatec thinks will illustrate how the company works closely with its customers to generate new service offerings. Look for more of these C-suite additions as federal contractors try to set themselves apart from competitors angling to help the federal government use cutting-edge tech such as artificial intelligence and analytics like their commercial counterparts: to improve service, boost efficiency, save money and glean strategic insights, among other things.
Reston-based NCI Inc., for example, appointed a chief artificial intelligence officer in January to lead a new corporate division devoted to AI initiatives and strategy.