Taking the Reins: Anne Thomson Reed

Taking the Reins: Anne Thomson Reed

Anne Thomson Reed

Position: Vice president of industry relations, Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s Government Global Industry Group, Herndon, Va.

First Day on New Job: Feb. 1

Age: 47

Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

Home Now: Alexandria, Va.

Family: Husband, Steven Reed, attorney at Steptoe & Johnson; three teen-age children.

Most Recently Read Book: "I am a fan of books on tape. Currently 'reading' Patrick O'Brian's 'H.M.S. Surprise.' "

Hobbies: Golf, politics, world events, attending high school sports (football, wrestling, tennis, softball and lacrosse)

Volunteer activity: "I visit and support children in a home for abused and abandoned girls in San Pedro Sula, Honduras."

Education: Bachelor of arts, Goucher College, Towson, Md.

Master of public administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Career Background: Agriculture Department: 1996-2000, chief information officer; 1993-1996: deputy assistant secretary for administration. Navy: 1981-1993, office of comptroller. Five years in academic administration at Harvard and Vanderbilt universities. Two years in Nashville city government.

You had said in a March 6 Washington Technology story that you thought long and hard about what strengths you have and what you wanted to accomplish in moving from the public to the private sector. How did this bring you to EDS?

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for EDS' performance over time, and also what Dick Brown has set out to do with this company. It is consistent with what a company of this stature should be going to do.

"Particular areas of interest I have dovetail very nicely with EDS, particularly the direction the Government Global Group might be going. We're looking not just at the day-to-day delivery of a program but strategically at how 'e' is affecting government and how EDS can help the government be effective at digital economy."

How does your experience help you in your role at EDS?

"I've spent the last 18 years in the federal government. ... I know a little bit about what kinds of things government wants to achieve and [to] bring better service to citizens. I think there is a perspective I can offer. It's not unique, but in the commercial sector, understanding what drives your client is helpful, and in this case the client is government."

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