TAKING THE REINS: Doug Wagoner

TAKING THE REINS: Doug Wagoner

Doug Wagoner

Position: Vice president and general manager, Data Systems Analysts Inc., Fairfax, Va.

First day on the new job: July 23

Age: 36

Hometown: Alexandria, Va.

Home now: Ashburn, Va.

Family: Married, two daughters, ages 3 and 5

Most recently read book: "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation," by Joseph Ellis

Favorites:

Singer - Shawn Colvin

Authors: - Patricia Cornwell and John Grisham

Actor - Robert DeNiro

Hobbies - Golf and working on my 1966 Mustang convertible

Music - Progressive

Food - Tex Mex

Movie - "With two kids under six? Are you kidding me?"

Quote: "The unexamined life is not worth living." ? Socrates

Vacation Spot: Outer Banks, N.C.

Best career advice you ever received: From my dad, who has had his own business for more than 35 years: "Never shy away from the hard and unwanted task. Take it, embrace it, work at it hard and make it into something great."

Education:

Bachelor of business administration in finance, the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.

Master of business administration, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Career Background:

Ten years in various positions at Electronic Data Systems Corp. Last position was director of business development for defense.

ChoicePoint, vertical market vice president for the public sector and health care.

How does your experience help Data Systems' entry into the public sector?

"One of my goals at DSA is to establish business beachheads, by winning contracts where federal government IT investment is strong and long term.

DSA already has a reputation for long-term customer relationships, and I want to enhance that legacy. Another priority is to transfer traditional government experience in information security and mission-critical communications to the commercial marketplace. These are subjects that are top-of-mind issues for CEOs and government executives alike."

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

"Probably the size of the company compared with the two very large, publicly traded companies where I have spent the majority of my career. It is nice to see the impact you can have on the company as an executive, but it's absolutely thrilling to see the impact your individual performers can make and the satisfaction it brings them.

"Unlike publicly traded firms, your decisions are focused on doing the right thing for the company, not the right thing for this quarter."

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