Former Air Force chief of staff to head SAIC

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McLean-based SAIC Inc. announced Tuesday that John P. Jumper will succeed Walter P. Havenstein as chief executive officer on March 1.

Jumper joined SAIC’s board of directors in June 2007. From September 2001 to November 2005, Jumper was the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. He served as the most senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of active-duty, guard, reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas.

A. Thomas Young, chairman of the SAIC board, said Jumper is uniquely qualified to lead SAIC at this time.  “His leadership and experience particularly in national security have been invaluable to the board of directors these past five years,” Young said in a statement. “He knows our business and the industry extremely well, and we are confident he will continue our 43-year tradition of success, outstanding customer satisfaction and superior performance.” 

Havenstein, who has led the company since September 2009, announced his retirement in October. 

Jumper, who will remain a member of SAIC’s board of directors, retired from the Air Force in 2005 after nearly 40 years of service. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he functioned as a military adviser to the secretary of defense, National Security Council and the president. 

SAIC is a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company.  The company’s approximately 41,000 employees serve the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. government civil agencies and selected commercial markets.

SAIC had annual revenues of approximately $11 billion for its fiscal year that ended Jan. 31.


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