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SAIC names new corporate, strategic development leads

Science Applications International Corp. said Tuesday it has shifted a pair of executives into new responsibilities for the contractor’s corporate development and strategic development and communications functions.

Chris Donaghey, formerly senior vice president of finance for operations, has moved over to senior VP of corporate development and will oversee SAIC’s mergers-and-acquisitions strategy.

Donaghey joined SAIC in August of last year from KeyW Corp., where he was vice president of corporate strategy and development. He was part of the executive team that led KeyW through its acquisition of Sotera Defense Solutions in the spring of 2017.

SAIC was one of three suitors alongside CACI International and General Dynamics to acquire CSRA in a bidding war that GD eventually won out on in the spring of this year.

In several earnings calls over the past year, SAIC CEO Tony Moraco has said the company does not feel the need to make a large scale-focused acquisition and they are comfortable at their current size of $4.5 billion in revenue. During the more recent call in June, Moraco said scale is more important in the IT infrastructure market but less so with application migration and migration work.

SAIC also said it has moved Tom Eldridge from senior VP of its government affairs office to SVP of the newly-combined strategic development and communications organization. The company brought together the functions of business development, communications, government affairs and the technology office.

Eldridge will be responsible for market intelligence, including technology, funding, and policy trends; strategy support and business development; sales enablement with related tools and processes; internal and external communications, marketing communications, and corporate social responsibility.

In his government affairs role, Eldridge helped oversee SAIC’s establishment of its Technology Integration Gateway in Cookeville, Tennessee and evolution of its ongoing Ingenuity 2025 strategy to become a leading IT integrator for agencies.

He joined SAIC in 2009 after a federal service career that included a role on the staff of the National Security Council.

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Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also find and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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