Taking the Reins: Jorge Segura

Taking the Reins: Jorge Segura

Jorge Segura

POSITION:

Vice president of government and utilities on the International Client Service Team, Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va.

FIRST DAY ON THE JOB:

May 1

AGE: 46

HOMETOWN:

Bogota, Columbia

CURRENT HOME: Potomac, Md.

FAMILY: Married with twin girls and two boys.

CURRENTLY READING:

"High Tech, High Touch: Technology and Our Search for Meaning," John Naisbitt

FAVORITES

Music: Classical, especially Mozart

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Sean Connery

Hobbies: Tennis, beginner golfer

Restaurant: El Chalan, Washington, serves Peruvian food

Quote: "If you're not part of the solution . . . you're part of the problem."

EDUCATION

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Columbia, bachelor of science in economics.

Xavier University in Cincinnati, master's of business administration.

BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED

"Find good people and build strong teams."

CAREER BACKGROUND

1992-2000: PricewaterhouseCoopers

1985-92: Ernst & Young International

1981-84: Roy Jorgensen Associates

Why did you join Booz-Allen?

"Booz-Allen & Hamilton is the strongest management and technology consulting firm to the public sector. People don't realize that half or more of our business is in the public sector. What we are doing for the U.S. government, we are going to be doing for other governments all over the world."

And what do you bring to Booz-Allen?

"Over 20 years of experience dealing with foreign governments and agencies in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, and in dealing with all sorts of cultural and ethnic aspects that need to be taken into account when you serve as an adviser to foreign governments."

What are your marching orders for the new job?

"Bring e-government to emerging economies and provide assistance to them in the transformation and modernization process."

What are the unique challenges to bringing IT solutions to governments in developing nations?

"The technology is not always directly transferable. You have to adapt to the realities of the developing nations, and help in the transformation process, such as modernizing the legal and regulatory framework."

What are the similarities between working with U.S. government agencies and with developing nations?

"In the public sector, you're always in a fish-bowl environment. The public and interest groups are always monitoring what is being done. Coming up with a sound recommendation and technical solution might be straightforward, but selling the recommendation requires knowing how to deal with the stakeholders. This is true in the United States, Europe and in developing nations."

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