George J. Pedersen ManTech International Corporation, Fairfax, VA (1968-Present) - George J. Pedersen is the chairman of the board, CEO and co-Founder of ManTech International Corporation. ManTech is a leading provider of innovative technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs for the intelligence community; the departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, Energy and Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the health and space communities; and other U.S. federal government customers. ManTech has grown from two people to more than 10,000 employees with operations in 40 countries around the world. Revenues have grown from $431 million in 2001, just prior to the company’s initial public offering (IPO), to $2.6 billion in 2010, and a projected $3.0 billion in 2011.
ManTech became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ in February 2002 having successfully executed an IPO and then a follow-on public offering in December 2002. Since that time the company has enjoyed significant internal growth and has made 16 strategic acquisitions: Aegis Research Corporation; CTX Corporation; Integrated Data Systems; MSM Security Services, Inc.; a subsidiary of Affiliated Computer Services; Gray Hawk Systems, Inc.; GRS Solutions; SRS Technologies; McDonald Bradley, Inc.; Emerging Technologies Group, Inc., EWA Services, Inc., DDK Technology Group, Inc., Sensor Technologies, Inc., QinetiQ North America’s Security and Intelligence Solution Business, MTCSC, Inc., and TranTech, Inc. ManTech’s strong balance sheet and positive cash flow has enabled the company to grow aggressively through organic growth and a focused strategic acquisition program.
ManTech has a long track record of providing highly skilled expertise and solutions involving systems engineering; systems integration; software services; enterprise architecture; cybersecurity; information assurance and security architecture; intelligence systems development; operations and analysis support; space technology; network and critical infrastructure protection; information operations and computer forensics; information technology; ground based communications system integration and engineering support; and global logistics and supply chain management.
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI) - Mr. Pedersen serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the NDIA, a trade association for the defense industry. He is also Vice Chairman of the Education and Lobbying Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors for AFEI. These two are key industry associations.
In 2005, he received the James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award from NDIA for his "demonstrated record of business accomplishment" and his active role in "helping to preserve and strengthen the nation's defense industrial base." Mr. Pedersen was chosen for his "astute business judgment, keen political instincts and a broad understanding of the vital role the industrial base plays in ensuring the nation's security," according to NDIA.
In 2006, Mr. Pedersen received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Corporate Growth National Capital Chapter. The award is given annually to individuals in the region that have contributed significantly to the region’s corporate growth over a number of years.
In 2011, Mr. Pedersen received the prestigious Eagle Award from Federal Computer Week magazine and 1105 Government Information Group and was also named a 2011 Federal 100 winner by Federal Computer Week magazine, his second time to appear on the list.