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Washington’s Tech Titans
Comments () | Published May 1, 2009

Barg Upender, senior partner, Intridea. The DC-based development firm—whose name, Upender says, is a combination of “interactive” and “idea”—has been on the cutting edge of developing applications for social-media tools.

Mark Walsh, CEO and chairman, GeniusRocket. Walsh’s career has spanned media, tech, and politics. If its model takes hold, his latest company will be a worldwide leader in the networked workplace of the future: distributed teams that come together digitally for single projects and rarely meet in person.

Brian Williams, cofounder and CEO, Viget Labs. The trendy Falls Church–based Web-strategy firm is, in the words of a competitor, creating a “brain drain” of talent by luring the likes of up-and-coming designer Samantha Warren to Williams’s 38-person firm.

Daniel Yates, founder and CEO, Positive Energy. Previously the founder and head of EduSoft, Yates came to his latest project—which is focused on energy conservation and education—after a yearlong road trip from Alaska to Argentina with his wife.

Industry Leaders

Reggie Aggarwal, founder and CEO, Cvent. His company is a world leader in event-management software, but Aggarwal might be best known for founding the powerful local Indian CEO High Tech Council.

Deborah Alderson, president, SAIC’s Defense Solutions Group. Headquartered in McLean with more than 10,000 employees, SAIC’s defense team—headed by Alderson since 2005—provides critical support to many divisions of the military and government.

Anne Altman, mainframe-platform manager, IBM. After years of heading IBM’s federal-government division, Altman is now directing the company’s mainframe-computer efforts.

Bill Angrick, cofounder, chairman, and CEO, Liquidity Services. The DC-based company, founded in 2000 by Angrick, a former banker, offers online-auction services for companies and government agencies selling surplus or salvaged goods.

Sanju K. Bansal, COO, MicroStrategy. While Michael Saylor is the bigger name at this company, Bansal might be better known overall because of his eponymous foundation’s support of NPR programming. He’s been a steady hand at MicroStrategy since 1990.

John Becker, CEO, Approva. Formerly CEO of Cybertrust—deemed the region’s fastest-growing company in 2006 by the Washington Business Journal—Becker is now with a company focused on access-control software in an era of increased government and regulatory oversight.

Michael Chasen. Photograph by Matthew Worden.

Ed Black, president and CEO, Computer & Communications Industry Association. Head of one of the industry’s top trade groups since 1995, Black is nicely positioned to capitalize on the new administration’s interest in technology.

Steve Case, chairman and CEO, Revolution. His Revolution Health venture has never achieved the prominence he hoped for, but the AOL cofounder remains a major force in the region through his investments, ideas, and talented network of partners and former staff.

Michael Chasen, president and CEO, Blackboard. Chasen has steered the rise of Blackboard—an education-services provider that has become one of the area’s leading public companies—from the start.

Alan Davidson, director of public policy and government affairs, Google. A longtime Washington tech-policy expert, Davidson now is Google’s voice in the capital. His hiring marked the search giant’s recognition that it had much to gain or lose based on what the government does.

Edi Dor, president and CEO, TMA Resources. For more than 20 years, Dor has been a key player at the Vienna-based provider of relationship-management software to member-centric organizations such as unions and professional societies.

Fred Humphries, chief lobbyist, Microsoft. Along with Teresa Carlson—Microsoft’s vice president for federal business—Humphries serves as the face of the Redmond, Washington, giant in the corridors of power.

Reed Hundt, senior adviser, McKinsey & Company. The longtime Intel director was FCC chairman under President Bill Clinton—and the first at the commission to have a computer at his desk. He now splits his time among McKinsey, the investment outfits Charles Ross Partners and the Blackstone Group, and Yale.

Linda Gooden, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Information Systems. With more than 52,000 employees and $8.4 billion in sales, Lockheed Martin’s information division—which Gooden rose to command through nearly three decades at the company—is the largest provider of government IT anywhere.

Don Graham, chairman and CEO, Washington Post Company. With a seat on the board at Facebook, the helm of a major media company, and talented staffers including Washington Post Company CDO Vijay Ravindran, Graham has a broad tech portfolio and lots of sway. And you can monitor him regularly through Facebook’s status updater.

Sudhakar Kesavan, chairman and CEO, ICF International. The tech consulting firm, with a strong “green” focus, has thrived under Kesavan’s long tenure.

Jeong Kim, president, Bell Labs. A longtime presence in the Washington tech community and a former University of Maryland professor, Kim took over the storied Bell Labs, now part of Alcatel-Lucent, in 2005.

Caroline Little, CEO, Guardian News and Media North America. The former executive has taken over North American operations of one of the most successful old-media companies reinventing itself for the Web era.

Dave McGlade, CEO, Intelsat. Located on a space-age campus in DC’s Van Ness neighborhood, Intelsat has a 45-year history in satellites and telecommunications and, under McGlade, has become the world’s largest satellite operator.

Linda Mills, president, Northrop Grumman IT. With $4.5 billion in revenue and nearly 20,000 employees, Northrop Grumman IT is the federal government’s largest computer-hardware contractor.

Donna Morea, president, CGI US and India. As head of this IT giant on two continents, Morea finds her work taking her far from home even as she serves as chair of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Nigel Morris, former president and COO, Capital One. The cofounder of the company that reinvented the credit-card industry is now involved in a variety of local tech endeavors, from Clearspring to various venture-capital groups, as well as sitting on boards such as the Economist Group’s.

George Newstrom, president and COO, Lee Technologies. Secretary of Technology under Virginia governor Mark Warner, Newstrom spent 28 years at EDS before heading Lee, which focuses on tech infrastructure.

Matthew O’Connell, president and CEO, GeoEye. Perhaps the only Washington tech exec with his own air force—the company has three satellites and two mapping aircraft—O’Connell has an exclusive deal to provide satellite images to Google as well as to government agencies such as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 


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  • Rebecca

    wish you had made each company's name a link

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