Leidos announces leadership changes
By Loren Blinde July 2, 2021
On July 1, Reston, VA-based Leidos announced leadership changes as part of ongoing efforts to optimize internal processes and develop talent.
The following changes are effective Monday, July 5:
- Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Paul Engola will serve as EVP, National Security Space, leading a strategic effort, in cooperation with all business groups, to help chart the way forward in this emerging market. Previously, Engola served as deputy group president for Leidos’ former Defense and Intelligence Group, as well as in various roles within Lockheed Martin Space Systems. George Reiter, senior vice president for Leidos’ Human Resources Centers of Excellence, will act as CHRO while a thoughtful search for a replacement is conducted.
- Jim Cantor, chief of Performance Excellence and Strategic Partnerships, has announced his intent to retire this year and, as part of that transition, change to consulting employee status. Consequently, the company is creating a Corporate Operations role to drive operational performance and the implementation of strategic functional initiatives. This role will include the responsibilities of Performance Excellence and Strategic Partnerships, as well as Corporate Real Estate and Facilities, Security Operations, Marketing and Communications, and Corporate Strategy and Special Projects. Vicki Schmanske, current Intelligence Group president, will assume the role of EVP, Corporate Operations. Prior to her current role, Vicki held roles at Leidos including chief administrative officer, and deputy president and chief operations officer for Leidos’ Health Group. She also brings expertise from various leadership roles at Lockheed Martin.
- Roy Stevens, current head of Business Development and Strategy, will succeed Vicki as president of the Intelligence Group. Previous to his current role, Stevens spent 20 years with Lockheed Martin in a variety of executive level positions both in program execution and business development, for multiple lines of business. Bill Bender, senior vice president and strategic account executive, will act as chief of Business Development while a search for a replacement is conducted.
“These leaders have demonstrated their commitment to the Leidos team and expertise in multiple fields,” said Roger Krone, Leidos chairman and CEO. “As we continue to grow as an enterprise, we must adjust to the changes we will see in our addressable markets. Our ability to remain flexible and agile in addressing customer needs is vital to our success.”