Unisys adds big names to public sector ranks
- By Nick Wakeman
- Jul 22, 2015
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.
Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.