Jack Hughes recently retired as CFO of Alion Science. Well, sort of. While Hughes officially stepped down from his position, he’s still supporting the company he has helped build up over the past five years. In the following Q&A, Hughes talks about what’s next on the horizon, and what other executives can learn from his career trajectory. Hint: Networking is key.
Recently we all learned that you retired as CFO of Alion Science. What are you doing now?
Jack Hughes: I didn’t actually retire from Alion; I’m too young to retire. And, I’m still supporting the company in an advisory role to help with the transition to the new acting CFO, and perform other tasks as assigned by the CEO. This interim role will continue until mid-August. I am hopeful that I can continue to contribute to Alion’s success during this transition period.
Alion has grown significantly since its formation in 2002. What do you want your legacy to be at Alion?
Jack Hughes: Yes, we enjoyed significant growth over the past 5 years. I think I’d like the employee-owners to be able to look back on my tenure there and believe that I contributed to the growth of the company, to its outstanding reputation in the Government Technology Solutions business, and to the company’s increased shareholder value.
What does it take to be a successful CFO in the government contracting space?
Jack Hughes: One part industry knowledge, one part leadership, and three parts being just north of crazy.