Supplier Innovation & Technology Symposium
June 9, 2020
Showcase your latest innovations and collaborate with a diverse set of leaders.
Leidos will host its fourth annual Supplier Innovation & Technology Symposium on June 9th, 2020 at the Westfields Marriott Chantilly, VA . This event is designed to be a dynamic day enabling our largest suppliers as well as targeted start-ups to showcase their offerings and capabilities to a diverse set of leaders. This will also be a collaborative day filled with keynote speeches from senior industry executives, government leaders, technology demonstrations, round table discussions, and in-depth breakout sessions.
2019 Keynote Speakers
Roger A. Krone is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Leidos. With approximately $10 billion in annual revenue and 32,000 employees worldwide, Leidos is a recognized global leader in solving important problems in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. Before being named CEO in July 2014, Krone held leadership roles at some of the most prominent organizations in aerospace for nearly 40 years.
For Krone, the future of Leidos is one with a laser focus on its customers, shareholders, and employees. In 2016, Krone engineered Leidos’ acquisition of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business, creating a leader in government IT services and solutions with the potential to solve some of the greatest technology challenges. Under his strategic vision, the organization remains committed to investing in critical internal research and development efforts. He is the driving force behind the company's culture of innovation and the environment shaped to inspire employees to create innovative technology solutions that respond to customers’ challenges today and tomorrow.
Before joining Leidos, Krone served as president of Network and Space Systems for The Boeing Company, where he provided calculated direction for approximately 15,000 employees in 35 states and 12 countries. His organization provided integrated technologies to government and commercial customers. He joined McDonnell Douglas in 1992 serving as director of financial planning, vice president and treasurer after a 14-year career at General Dynamics, where he held positions in program management, engineering, and finance.
Krone earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. A Six Sigma Green Belt, Krone is both a licensed commercial pilot and a certified public accountant. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in the United Kingdom.
Krone is a member of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees, BorgWarner board, WETA Public Television and Radio in Washington board, the Greater Washington Urban League chapter board, Executive Committee of Professional Services Council (PSC), the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), a member of the CEO Business Roundtable, and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation’s Board of Advisors.
Jim Whitehurst is president and chief executive officer of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT software solutions and services. Whitehurst is an avid advocate for open software as a catalyst for business innovation. With a background in business development, finance, and global operations, Whitehurst has proven expertise in helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and business environments.
Whitehurst has grown Red Hat and its influence on a variety of industries, by reaching key milestones—the most notable in 2012 when Red Hat became the first $1 billion revenue open source software company. Since joining Red Hat, Whitehurst has grown revenue from more than $500 million at the end of February 2008, to more than $3 billion for the company's 2019 fiscal year. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2012; named to Fortune’s list of the Most Admired Companies for 2018; added to Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 500 stock index in 2009; named one of the best places to work by Glassdoor in 2016, 2014, and 2013; named to the first-ever Fortune Future 50 list in 2017; and added to the Forbes’ Global 2000 list in 2017. In addition, in 2018 Whitehurst was named one of the World’s Best CEOs by Barron’s.
In June 2015, Whitehurst published a book with Harvard Business Review Press entitled "The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance" showing how open principles of management—based on transparency, participation, and community—can help organizations navigate and succeed in a fast-paced connected era. To date, the book has sold more than 42,000 copies; been featured in more than 130 press articles including articles from Fortune, Forbes, and Fast Company; and named one of the top 10 creative leadership books of 2015 in Forbes.
During his six-years at Delta Air Lines, Whitehurst drove significant international expansion and as Chief Operating Officer, oversaw all aspects of airline operations—from sales to strategy. At The Boston Consulting Group, where he began his career in 1989, he held several corporate development leadership roles, working in the Chicago, Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, and as a partner in the Atlanta office with numerous clients across a wide range of industries.
Jennifer Chronis is the General Manager for DoD at Amazon Web Services (AWS). She joined AWS in April 2016 after spending 15 years at IBM and a total of 21 years in the US Army. Jennifer is responsible for all facets of the AWS business for the Department of Defense, to include strategy, sales, business development, marketing, technical support, and business partner relationships. Her account responsibilities include the Army, Navy, Air Force, US Marine Corps and the DoD Fourth Estate.
Prior to joining AWS, Jennifer served in various roles at the IBM Corporation for nearly 15 years. Her last responsibility was as Vice President for DoD from February 2013 – March 2015. She previously served as Vice President, Federal Growth Initiatives, Director for Smarter Analytics in the US East and Executive Assistant to the General Manager for IBM North America, a $40 billion business unit. Jennifer also led the Army account, the IBM Power Systems brand for the Federal Government, and the Systems & Technology sales organization for Federal Civilian Agencies.
In February 2015, Jennifer announced her candidacy for the Dranesville (Great Falls, McLean, and Herndon Virginia) seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. From April through November 2015, she ran a full-time campaign where she raised nearly $300,000 and garnered 46% of the vote as a first-time candidate.
Jennifer also served for 21 years as a US Army officer. She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1989 and spent 11 years on active duty performing in combat in Operations Desert Shield/Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Bosnia. In 2001, Jennifer joined the US Army Reserve and was mobilized from 2004 through 2006 to serve as the Director of Resources for the Joint IED Defeat Organization. She retired from the US Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2010.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. She is an American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) IT Fellow, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the DC Chapter of AFCEA. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Virginia Center for Business Analytics.
Mr. Daniel E. Payne, a member of the Senior Intelligence Service, was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS), on March 21, 2016.
As the Director of DSS, he leads the agency that has the mission to support national security and the warfighter, secure the nation's technological base, and oversee the protection of U.S. and foreign classified information in the hands of industry. DSS accomplishes this mission by clearing industrial facilities, personnel and associated information systems; collecting, analyzing and providing threat information to industry and government partners; managing foreign ownership, control or influence in cleared industry; providing advice and oversight to industry; delivering security education and training; and providing information technology services that support the industrial security mission of DoD and its partner agencies.
Mr. Payne is a career counterintelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency who has spent more than 36 years in the field of counterintelligence. Prior to joining DSS, Mr. Payne served as the Deputy Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. Mr. Payne’s previous senior assignments at CIA include Deputy Chief of South Asia Division; Deputy Chief, Counterintelligence Center; Assistant Inspector General for Investigations; Deputy Director, Counterterrorism Center for Counterintelligence; and Deputy Chief, Counterespionage Group.
After his graduation from Ball State University in 1981, Mr. Payne served as a Special Agent for the Defense Investigative Service, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Mr. Payne joined the CIA's Office of Security in 1984, and became involved in counterespionage work beginning in 1985. Mr. Payne was one of the original officers involved in the hunt for a penetration of CIA, which morphed into the investigation of Aldrich Ames. Mr. Payne was the lead investigator in the Ames investigation. Mr. Payne was also involved in numerous other espionage investigations and founded the use of financial forensic techniques as a means to identify spies in the U.S. Government.
Mr. Payne is the recipient of the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal, NCS’s Donovan Award, the George Bush Medal for Excellence in Counterterrorism, and the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion.