Unisys adds big names to public sector ranks

Unisys Corp. has made two high-level hires in its public sector business with both Unisys Federal and Unisys Public Sector adding senior executives.

Mark Forman has been named global head of Unisys Public Sector and will be responsible for Unisys state and local and global public sector business in areas such as justice, law enforcement, and border security. He will report to Ron Frankenfield, president of Unisys Enterprise Solutions.

The company also has hired retired Army Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper as group vice president of the defense and intelligence group in Unisys Federal. She will report to Venkatapathi Puvvada, president of Unisys Federal.

Forman is perhaps best known as the former administrator of the Office of E-Government during the George W. Bush administration. He’s regarded as the first federal CIO, though he never held that title. Most recently he was vice president of IT services and cloud solutions at Engility. He’s also held senior positions at KPMG and IBM.

Napper retired from the Army in 2013 after a 30-year career. Her last position was director of policy, plans and partnerships for Cyber Command. She also was commander of the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command and commander of the Army’s 7th Signal Command.

Prior to joining Unisys, Napper was vice president and deputy general manager of defense solutions at L-3 Communications.

Both of them said they see opportunities to bring customers new solutions by leveraging Unisys’ global public sector capabilities.

Napper said that she sees opportunities to bring what Unisys is doing in integrated security and moving applications to the cloud to defense customers.

“We need to bring those things back to DOD,” she said.

Forman sees a plethora of opportunities in the state and local market to bring what Unisys has done for government globally in areas such as mobile computing and data analytics.

Federal initiatives such as grants management reform and Data Act requirements will drive state and local governments to transform the way they do business, he said.

There is a greater need to understand what’s working and what isn’t as well as meeting the demand for more transparency in government operations, Forman said.

“Big transformation efforts, that’s what excites me,” Forman said.

Napper began her new position on July 20. Forman will begin work on July 27.

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Reader Comments

Wed, Jul 22, 2015

Mark has a great resume and "rolodex" and, for the contracting business, is a Big Thinker. Is that what U Pub Sector needs? One tends to think of basic business building--they need contracts and people with compelling experience to sell them and deliver the kinds of services demanded today, with today's set of competitors. There probably won't be much "investment funding" from corporate, and there is also need of a massive culture change, one hears, as well as morale and staff building. It could be like climbing Everest. While the tendency might be to generate a lot of White Papers and speak at a lot of conferences, U really needs basic blocking and tackling to build business fast. And he will need the authority to change out staff suited to a new environment, which is tough for a firm like U.

Wed, Jul 22, 2015

One wonders what these two individuals, with limited industry experience, can do with a rather troubled platform. When it comes to the higher value-add services, U has a fairly bare cupboard of intellectual capital and quals, plus, as an operating entity, many years of stumbling financial performance. It is more than a rote rebuilding proposition, because the legacy business was staggering for years because of its hardware lineage and lack of enough heavy duty practitioners of services and a go-go culture. I wish them luck, but they gotta get help. Best thing for U overall might be to be bought, but the price won't be very high. Best of luck to them in any case

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