Taking the Reins: Ronald Sullivan

Taking the Reins: Ronald Sullivan

Ronald Sullivan

Position: Vice president and general manager, federal sector for PeopleSoft Inc. "I am responsible for product sales, service and support for all U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Defense."

First day on the new job: Oct. 21

Hometown: Annandale, Va.

Home now: Haymarket, Va.

Family: Wife Vickie, a reading teacher; daughter Stacie, 24, a teacher and mother of a 6-month-old girl; son Todd, 21; and daughter Jodie, 10.

Most recently read book: "The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections," by Tom Brokaw

Favorites Books: "The Firm" by John Grisham, "Red Storm Rising" by Tom Clancy

Author: John Grisham, Shakespeare

Actor: Kevin Costner

Hobby: Golf

Music: "Pop, folk and soft stuff at the end of the day."

Restaurant/food: "It's the company more than the meal."

Quote: "How you see things depends on where you sit."

TV show: "Monday Night Football" ("I don't watch that much TV.")

Vacation spot: Nags Head, N.C., or the Caribbean

Best career advice you ever received:
"Be your own career manager. Don't expect someone else to manage it for you. Also, make the best of each job you have."


Bachelors degree in business administration, the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.

Masters degree in management, Webster University, St. Louis

Masters in business administration, George Washington University, Washington.

"Went to W&M on a football scholarship. Recruited by Bobby Ross, a former Detroit Lions head coach, and played for Lou Holtz there before they went on to bigger things."

Career Background:

Senior vice president of strategic alliance and corporate strategy, Integic Corp., Chantilly, Va.

Corporate vice president of health care technology, Science Applications International Corp., San Diego
Program manager, Defense Medical Systems Support Center, Falls Church, Va.
Health care administrator, Madigan Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash.
Deputy account and implementation manager, Electronic Data Systems Corp., Plano, Texas.

Served in Army 20 years. In charge of automation support for medical evacuation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Regarding PeopleSoft's service to the federal user community, what do you see as your first order of business?

"I need to ensure that our federal customers are well supported and are able to take advantage of the technology they have received from PeopleSoft. To that end, I will attempt to get PeopleSoft to focus on the business challenges of the federal government and how our software and services can solve these challenges in an effective, efficient manner.

"Each agency is special and has unique needs. PeopleSoft will strive to work with these agencies to select the most appropriate solution package. It is our job to work with each agency and department to maximize the use of appropriate technology tools."

What is the biggest challenge for you in taking this new role?

"To get the word out on PeopleSoft's wide range of solutions to address the government's needs. I chose PeopleSoft as a place to work based on my experience in the federal government and the match of PeopleSoft's capabilities to address issues of improve constituent access, reduced technology costs and more effective and efficient processes. PeopleSoft has many new and improved capabilities, and we will be working hard in the next several months to communicate that to the federal marketplace."

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