Taking the Reins: Stephen Kalish

Taking the Reins: Stephen Kalish

Stephen Kalish

Position: President of Computer Sciences Corp.'s Federal Sector Civil Group

First Day on the Job: July 14

Hometown: Atlantic City, N.J.

Home now: Bethesda, Md.

Family: Wife, Alice, and daughters Ariel, Ilana and Tamar

Most recently read book: "Blown to Bits," by Philip Evans and Thomas S. Wurster

Hobbies: Jeep jamborees, horseback riding

Quote: "One day, the great project manager must thank his engineers and scientists and move aggressively into production." ?Adm. Hyman Rickover, USN

Vacation Spot: Nags Head, N.C.

Best career advice ever received: "Grow and perform every day with an entrepreneur's spirit and creativity and a clear dedication to your client's needs, offering tangible solutions, conducting all relationships with dignity and honor. Be customer obsessed." ?Jack Kalish (his father)

Education:

Bachelor of science in engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Master of science, operations research, Polytechnic Institute of New York

Coursework completed for doctorate, operations research, Polytechnic Institute of New York

Career Background:

Before coming to CSC in 1986, Kalish worked for Honeywell as an engineer on NASA's Apollo project designing inertial navigation systems. Then he worked at Sperry Corp. for 21 years as an engineer and manager on the Navy's Polaris, Poseidon and Trident strategic submarine programs, where he also built inertial navigation systems. Kalish's Apollo navigation systems are on display at the U.S. Air and Space Museum, and submarines still use systems he designed.

At CSC, he served as vice president of the Transportation Systems Group with customers such as the Federal Aviation Administration, Coast Guard and Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. Kalish is recognized as an expert in developing advanced air traffic control systems and serves on the White House Commission Aviation Safety and Security.

He also has managed CSC work at NASA and systems engineering and IT programs for the departments of Education, Justice, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development.

What do you see as the biggest challenge ahead for CSC's Federal Sector Civil Group?

To continue to understand and respond to the rapidly changing federal customers' mission needs and provide them with our most creative and discriminating solutions. CSC can offer our customers the best-integrated combination of our core competencies in commercial consulting, systems integration and outsourcing to match the customer's current and future needs.

What are you personally hoping to accomplish in your role as president? Is there anything you want to do differently?

To provide the forward-looking leadership required to satisfy our customers, challenge and inspire our technologists and provide an admirable return on investment to our stakeholders.

I have grown up through the ranks of CSC to be chosen to lead the best group of leaders and technologists in the industry. I will continue that legacy of success with distinction and enthusiasm. I will continue building bridges between our customers, for their significant benefit, with creative solutions. And I will bring to all of our customers the enormous capability of "one CSC."

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