Contract procurement is a key process to formalize all government and commercial projects, programs, products, and services. In 2022, the United States federal government awarded over $700 billion worth of government contracts across major industries, such as defense, healthcare, construction, and information technology.
Get acquainted with notable contracts and procurement executives, working toward securing various agreements for public and private projects.
Contracts and Procurement Executives To Follow in 2023
Note: The following list features esteemed industry leaders selected based on a comprehensive evaluation of their accomplishments, including their strategic vision, demonstrated impact on the industry, innovative contributions, and leadership prowess. However, this is in no way an exhaustive list. The industry is filled with talented professionals making significant contributions, warranting close attention for their achievements and potential impact.
Kim Denver, Senior Vice President of Contracts, Procurement, and Pricing at Leidos
Kim Denver, a United States Army veteran, possesses key specialties in contracting activities and organizations. His deep understanding of government contracting equips him with extensive industry knowledge in his current position as the Senior Vice President of Contracts, Procurement, and Pricing at Leidos.
Following his military retirement in April 2013, Mr. Denver joined Leidos initially as the Senior Vice President of Contracts Director. He has been credited with securing various government contracts, including the potential $82 million single award IDIQ to support small unmanned aircraft systems of the U.S. Air Force.
Leidos’ Senior Vice President of Contracts, Procurement, and Pricing Duties and Responsibilities
As the Vice President of Contracts, Procurement, and Pricing at Leidos, Kim Denver collaborates with government agencies and private enterprises to work out contracts based on their needs. He builds connections across civil, defense, health, and intelligence markets to boost the company’s digital modernization initiatives and cyber operations.
JoAnne Dukeshire, Vice President of Contracts and Subcontracts at ManTech
JoAnne Dukeshire brings with her over two decades of experience in government contracting across government, intelligence, federal civilian, and defense sectors. Throughout her career, she has built a diverse portfolio focusing on program acquisition, contract negotiation, proposal development, and business strategy.
Ms. Dukeshire began her professional journey as a Program and Performance Auditor at the Office of the Auditor General of Arizona in 1998. In this capacity, she boosted her industry qualifications, which landed her future opportunities to work for the City of Phoenix, Lockheed Martin, Perspecta, and Peraton.
ManTech’s Vice President of Contracts and Subcontracts Duties and Responsibilities
ManTech’s Vice President of Contracts and Subcontracts manages and administers all professional contracts and subcontracts across major government contracting sectors. Additionally, JoAnne Dukeshire directs large teams responsible for auditing, financial, performance, and statistical evaluations of the procured contracts.
Howard Porter, Corporate Director and Senior Vice President of Contracts at CACI International
Howard Porter boasts a wealth of executive experience at CACI International, spanning over two decades. His leadership focuses on robust integration and optimization of contract management systems to sales and financial systems. He is the premier motivator of the company’s growth, potential, and opportunities.
Porter was a lawyer by porfession. His skills in building customer relationships, drafting agreements, and advising clients helped him efficiently change his career to handling government and commercial contracts. Since November 2021, Porter has led CACI’s contracts organizations as the Corporate Director & Senior Vice President of Contracts.
CACI International’s Corporate Director and Senior Vice President of Contracts Duties and Responsibilities
Mr. Porter’s duty is to handle all contracts and subcontracts to address the needs of its customers and boost its revenue simultaneously. Meanwhile, Howard Porter assumes the responsibility of developing and deploying a contract management system to streamline its contracting processes.
Sandra Hinzman, Senior Vice President of Contracts and Pricing at SAIC
Sandra Hinzman has been the Senior Vice President of Contracts and Pricing at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) since January 2018. She has played a key role in the company’s government contracting experience for over thirty years, initially joining SAIC as the Director of Contracts in 1992.
Having a successful track record in the procurement of some of the significant contracts of the federal government, she shares her expertise in various organizations, such as National Contracts Management Association and the National Defense Industrial Association. Ms. Hinzman was also one of the panelists during the GovCGCW forum in 2021.
SAIC’s Senior Vice President of Contracts and Pricing Duties and Responsibilities
Sandra Hinzman assumes overall responsibilities for all contractual aspects, spanning proposal submission, pricing, program administration, and procurement. She helps clients expand their contracting activities across the defense, intelligence, space, health, and federal civilian agencies.
Terry Ward, Vice President of Contracts and Supply Chain Management at BAE Systems
Heading the government contracting activities of BAE Systems’ intelligence and security (I&S) sector is Terry Ward. He is the Vice President of Contracts and Supply Chain Management and has been managing the company’s contracting activities and systems distribution across federal industries since July 2018.
For the majority of his professional career, he applied his expertise at General Dynamics. He joined the company in 1986, holding a variety of positions related to government contracting. In June 2007, Mr. Ward focused on contracting activities in the information technology markets upon taking office as the Vice President of Contracts at GDIT.
BAE Systems’ Vice President of Contracts and Supply Chain Management Duties and Responsibilities
Specializing in the I&S customers of BAE Systems, the Vice President of Contracts and Supply Chain Management finalizes contracts to provide large-scale systems engineering, integration, and sustainment services in the $1.7 billion sector. Other than that, Terry Ward works on crucial agreements to strengthen the multi-domain capabilities of the DoD and the Intelligence Community.
Brianna Burnell, Vice President of Contracts at Amentum
Brianna Burnell has contributed to the procurement of important contracts in leading companies, such as PAC, BearingPoint, Incapsulate, and AECOM. Since February 2020, she has been serving as the Vice President of Contracts at Amentum, a global organization with over 44,000 employees across 85 countries.
Burnell’s areas of interest encompass proposal writing, contract management, government procurement, and project management of different contracts focused on the Department of Defense. She leverages on best policies, procedures, and systems to secure agreements in support of critical missions of the federal government.
Amentum’s Vice President of Contracts Duties and Responsibilities
Ms. Burnell spearheads all efforts related to contracting activities, spanning large government contracts to subcontracts for small businesses. She plays a crucial role in achieving financial objectives by supporting growth opportunities, partnerships, and other business development initiatives.
Robert Rabinek, Vice President of Contracts at General Dynamics Information Technology
Robert Rabinek is a four-decade veteran of federal procurement, specializing in program management, government contracting, subcontracting, and property administration. He holds the position of Vice President of Contracts at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) since March 2010.
Prior to his role, Mr. Rabinek was GDIT’s Director of Enterprise IT. In this capacity, he managed an extensive portfolio of IT programs for various enterprises in the Intelligence Community. Before joining the company, he held executive positions at Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies.
GDIT’s Vice President of Contracts Duties and Responsibilities
Robert Rabinek holds a variety of responsibilities in supporting ISD businesses in their contracting efforts. His proven track record and expertise in procurement, export and import compliance, contract compliance, and quality assurance propels his capabilities to fulfill his role.
Richard Fisne, Senior Vice President of Contracts, Procurement, Pricing, and Compliance at Mission Technologies
Leading the government contracting efforts of HII’s Mission Technologies is Richard Fisne. He has been the Senior Vice President of Contracts, Procurement, Pricing, and Compliance since April 2018. He brings in over 35 years of experience in the field from leading companies and government contracting-focused organizations.
Mr. Fisne started his professional journey as a Data Rights Analyst at VSE Corporation. After three years, he expanded his capabilities and leadership skills at ICF International, SAIC, BTG, Tetra Tech, and AMS. Further expanding his executive management experience, he held key contracts and procurement roles at Booz Allen Hamilton, Unisys, and ManTech.
Mission Technologies’ Senior Vice President of Contracts, Procurement, Pricing, and Compliance Duties and Responsibilities
With extensive knowledge in prime and subcontract management, he provides strategic reviews, inputs, pricing, and terms and conditions for contracts and subcontracts. Moreover, he collaborates with other senior leaders to build joint venture opportunities across the federal and commercial sectors.
Linda J. Asher, Senior Vice President and Head of Contracts, Procurement, and Pricing at Booz Allen Hamilton
Having assumed office as the Senior Vice President and Head of Contracts, Procurement, and Pricing at Booz Allen Hamilton since February 2005, Linda J. Asher is a distinguished executive known for her specialties covering strategic planning, program management, and enterprise risk management.
Before joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Ms. Asher took on the role of Deputy Director of the Technical Services Division at Mnemonics Inc. for 16 years. Her comprehensive portfolio placed her in a prime position to share her contributions at the National Contract Management Association and First Atlantic Federal Credit Union.
Booz Allen Hamilton’s Senior Vice President and Head of Contracts, Procurement, and Pricing Duties and Responsibilities
The primary goal of the SVP and Head of Contracts, Procurement, and Pricing at Booz Allen Hamilton is to supply its customers with innovative solutions based on their objectives. Ms. Asher is responsible for driving market strategies through acquisition and procurement efforts across the company’s portfolio.
Christopher Wolf, Senior Vice President of Contracts and Procurement at Louis Berger Group
Christopher Wolf is a trusted contract management executive with a government contracting background spanning over three decades. His skills and qualifications had been significant in managing multi-million dollar technology updates on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s systems, crucial at the dawn of the 9/11 attacks.
Over the course of his career, he contributed to multiple government-focused companies, such as BAE Systems, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, Identix Public Sector, I-NET, and PRC. He also published, namely Cost Limitations in Government Contracts, Government Default Rights under Fixed-Price Contracts, and Perils and Pitfalls: Inadvertent Forfeiture of Intellectual Property Rights in NCMA Contract Management Magazine, contributing to further studies in government contracting.
Louis Berger Group’s Senior Vice President of Contracts and Procurement Duties and Responsibilities
Mr. Christopher Wolf leads and manages contracts and subcontracts, including administration, procurement, and pricing. His extensive comprehension of the government contracting space allows him to consistently deliver high-quality services to internal and external clients.