John Goodman, Chief Executive of Accenture Federal Services, Named to 2021 Wash100 for Driving Growth Through Partnerships, Contracts & Technology Initiatives
Executive Mosaic is honored to announce that John Goodman, chief executive of Accenture Federal Services, has received a 2021 Wash100 Award for advancing technology solutions, securing valuable contracts and partnering with industry and federal leaders to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This marks Goodman’s fourth consecutive Wash100 Award. Previously, Goodman was recognized in 2020 for his work in driving information technology efforts within federal agencies and advancing excellent customer satisfaction and emerging technology innovation.
“John Goodman is a brilliant leader that can not only boast a Harvard education, but also speaking five languages, almost a quarter century of dedicated and successful results at Accenture and a former deputy under secretary position at the DOD completes a partial list of his lifetime of accomplishment,” said Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic and founder of the Wash100 Award.
To further support technology development and advancements, Goodman has secured valuable contracts for the company to support growth and revenue. AFS received a potential $341 million contract to help the Department of Commerce (DOC) modernize its data platform and business systems in June 2020.
“The Department of Commerce’s plan to modernize its business systems enables the agency to gain a more complete picture of its budget and spending trends and improve financial decision-making,” Goodman said of the contract. “We’re delighted to support them using proven commercial platforms to consolidate their business and back office applications into a single suite of systems.”
In addition to spearheading new efforts to increase technology production, Goodman has found and utilized opportunities presented by the changes brought on by COVID-19 to drive company growth.
In an opinion piece, Goodman and Ira Entis, managing director of growth and strategy at AFS, discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic heightens the urgency for technology modernization in the U.S. government.
They noted that government leaders need advanced technology tools and data-derived insights to collaborate and move rapidly in support of their mission-focused workloads amid the current environment.
“Cloud, AI, and automation cannot be thought of as a ‘one and done’ modernization project or even as a series of projects. Technologies will constantly advance, so agencies need a different mindset that views innovation as a non-stop journey of continuous evolution and adaptation. This means government agencies need to re-orient their strategic planning, budgeting, and cultures to think and plan in those terms,” Goodman and Entis wrote.
One of the ways Goodman has responded to COVID-19 is through federal partnerships and communication. In March 2020, the Atlantic Council launched an effort to help address congressional demands for homeland security resiliency in response to threats such as infrastructure attacks, terrorism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Accenture was one of the founding partners in the council’s Future of DHS Project.
“We are pleased to join this bipartisan initiative, which brings together leaders from previous administrations with a diverse group of experts to develop recommendations to guide the Future of DHS,” Goodman said then. “We look forward to collaborating through this initiative to help DHS apply new thinking, technologies, and approaches to better address known risks and emerging threats.”
Goodman led efforts in June 2020 to open a new center in St. Louis to provide cloud, digital capabilities, artificial intelligence, automation and cyber technology support for customer agencies.
“The region’s skilled talent, vibrant technology ecosystem and strong commitment to collaboration between government, civic, business, academic and community partners make St. Louis the ideal location for our new Advanced Technology Center,” Goodman emphasized.
“We are thrilled to provide our people and new hires a great place to do work that matters by expanding our operations in this area.”
The AFS Advanced Technology Center is expected to generate up to 1,400 new technology jobs in the St. Louis area over five years. The center will collaborate with the Accenture Federal Digital Studio in Washington, D.C., AFS Cyber and Advanced Technology Centers in San Antonio and specialized centers in Virginia and New York to design and deliver modern platforms to federal customers.
Apart from leading Accenture Federal Services, Goodman sits on the boards of the Atlantic Council and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and executive committee of the Professional Services Council.
Executive Mosaic congratulates Accenture Federal Services and John Goodman on his fourth consecutive Wash100 Award. Goodman’s effort to advance technology solutions and combat COVID-19 have positively impacted the government contracting (GovCon) sector and will continue to drive growth moving forward.
About The Wash100
This year represents our eighth annual Wash100 Award selection. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic’s organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, achievement and vision.
Visit theWash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2021 Wash100 Award. On the site, you can submit your 10 votes for the GovCon executives of consequence that you believe will have the most significant impact in 2021.