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Mehul Sanghani: Octo-Sevatec Merger Aims to Establish ‘Pure Play’ Federal IT Services Provider

Mehul Sanghani founder and CEO Octo
Mehul Sanghani, founder and CEO, Octo

Reston, Virginia-based information technology contractor Octo has merged with software development firm Sevatec in a deal of an undisclosed sum to create a combined entity that will focus on helping federal government customers to address IT challenges.

Both parties estimate the combination will generate $300M in annual revenue with 1,100 professionals who aim to provide technical support to the civilian, defense, national security, intelligence and health sectors, Octo said Monday.

Octo founder and CEO Mehul Sanghani said the merger is part of a strategy to become a “pure-play modernization and technology solutions provider to the federal government and its wide-ranging missions."

Sanghani will lead the combined organization as CEO, while Sevatec founder and CEO Sonny Kakar will be vice chair of its board and will lead overall strategy.

“While the industrial logic of the merger resonated tremendously with us both, it also became evident that it would create significant growth opportunities for our employees and allow the combined business to compete at scale and solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our customers,” Kakar noted.

Sevatec Chief Growth Officer Tim May and Executive Vice President Chuck Schefer will respectively serve as CGO and EVP for managing programs.

The integrated portfolio will include DevSecOps, agile software engineering, open-source development, artificial intelligence and blockchain offerings to be managed via Octo’s research and development hub called oLabs.

Baird and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman served as Sevatec's financial and legal adviser on the transaction, respectively, while Sheppard Mullin acted as Octo's legal adviser.

“Sevatec is a great success story and case study for a company graduating out of the small business program to winning large scale, strategic contracts in a competitive environment,” Alex Sevilla, a managing director for Baird's government and defense team, told ExecutiveBiz.

Octo received an investment from Arlington Capital Partners in April 2019 and adopted a shorter name in September of the same year as part of a rebranding initiative associated with the former's acquisition of IT firm Connexta.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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