David Young, Strategic Gov’t SVP at CenturyLink, Named to 2019 Wash100 for His Efforts Advancing IT and Serving Federal Clients
Executive Mosaic is pleased to announce David Young, senior vice president of strategic government at CenturyLink, as an inductee into the 2019 edition of Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of the most influential voices in the government contracting arena — for his efforts to serve federal clients and advance IT. This marks the second consecutive Wash100 award for Young.
In May 2018, CenturyLink promoted Young to the role of SVP of the strategic government group. “My recent promotion is a great example of the importance CenturyLink places on the strategic government group,” he shared with ExecutiveBiz. “It also demonstrates the company’s commitment to being a trusted partner of government agencies as we help them modernize their networks and IT.”
CenturyLink concluded its acquisition of Level 3 Communications in November 2017. When asked about the transaction, Young said the purchase enables CenturyLink to better serve federal clients. “If you look at the combined capabilities that we can use to architect solutions, it puts us in a whole different realm than what the two companies could do on a standalone basis,” he said.
In June 2018, CenturyLink secured a two-year contract to offer commercial internet services to the members of Quilt, a nonprofit coalition of U.S. research and education networks. Young said the selection acknowledges the company’s efforts to deliver secure network systems to large educational institutions and public consortia.
A month later, the General Services Administration issued an authority to operate and offer IT and managed services for agencies under the $50B Alliant 2 governmentwide acquisition contract. “We’re excited to receive ATO from GSA so we can help federal agencies use Alliant 2 to achieve their IT modernization goals and carry out their missions more efficiently,” Young said.
CenturyLink holds a consolidated spot on the GSA’s $50B Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract for telecommunications support after the Level 3 deal was completed. Young noted that the transition to the EIS vehicle requires a “new culture” over technology use.
“Really what we have to do is get in a new culture, a new rhythm around how we embrace technology, how we use technology, and it’s not through contract change anymore,” Young said. “So we’ve got to break that mold and move more toward understanding technology and how technology is adapting.”
He also called on federal IT managers to implement a “programmatic approach” as their organizations modernize their IT systems and transition from Networx to the EIS contract vehicle.
Young is a three-decade veteran in the public sector and has held leadership positions in federal business development, sales, program management, network provisioning and capture management.
Executive Mosaic congratulates David Young and the CenturyLink team for their selection to receive this award.
About The Wash100
This year represents our sixth 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.