George J. Pedersen is chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and co-founder of ManTech International Corporation—a leading provider of innovative technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs. ManTech’s customers include agencies in 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 traded on the NASDAQ since 2002, when it was $400M in revenue. ManTech has since grown to $3B in revenue, both organically and through more than a dozen major strategic acquisitions and now has more than 10,000 employees with operations in 40 countries around the world supporting very sophisticated, highly classified technology requirements.
Pedersen holds leadership positions in key industry associations. He serves on the Board of Trustees and the executive committee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). He is also vice chairman of its Education and Lobbying Committee. Pedersen also is chairman of the executive committee and a member of the board of directors of GSE Systems, a public company that is a leading supplier of plant and full-scope control room simulators to the nuclear power and petrochemical industries.
In 2005, Pedersen 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." 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, 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 who 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 the 1105 Government Information Group and was also named a 2011 Federal 100 winner by Federal Computer Week magazine, his second time on the list. He was chosen for "his leadership in the federal technology sector" and as the person from industry "who has gone above and beyond to make outstanding industry contributions."