MetTel names new leader for federal business
- By Mark Rockwell
- Sep 10, 2020
MetTel, one of the ten vendors on the General Services Administration’s $50 billion next generation Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) telecommunications contract, named a former AT&T executive to head its federal business operations.
Robert Dapkiewicz has taken over as general manager and senior vice president of MetTel’s federal program.
Dapkiewicz held numerous senior executive positions in both the commercial and government sectors at AT&T, said MetTel in a Sept. 10 statement. A company spokesman said those positions included, most recently, vice president - local government and education - AT&T Government Solutions. Before that he was vice president - federal civilian - AT&T Government Solutions, the spokesman said.
Dapkiewicz steps into a significant role at MetTel. He replaces Diana Gowen, a long-time leader in the government telecommunications market, who died last spring after a battle with cancer.
Gowen led the chase and capture of some of the biggest telecom contracts in the government market -- FTS 2001, Networx, and the Defense Research and Engineering Network and more recently, the EIS contract.
“I have big shoes to fill,” Dapkiewicz said in a Sept. 9 interview. Gowen, he said, built a solid foundation for MetTel to grow on and to get it onto the EIS roster of vendors.
“She gave the federal practice a great head start,” Dapkiewicz said of Gowen. “It was a tenacious, well-run competitor anyway. Now it’s a formidable competitor” among the other larger EIS vendors including AT&T, he said.
A faster and more efficient response to agency needs is critical during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
MetTel can use its light-footed response capabilities to outperform slower EIS telecommunications giants such as AT&T. “Having lived at AT&T for years, I saw that complex business details can sometimes get lost,” Dapkiewicz said.
MetTel’s less burdensome processes, he said, appeal to agencies looking for quick responses.
Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.
Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.
Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
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