Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer
Charles Onstott is senior vice president and chief technology officer of SAIC. In this role, he is responsible for driving the company’s long-term technology strategy, which emphasizes fostering a culture of innovation across SAIC, developing and enhancing innovation capabilities, partnerships with startup accelerators and universities, and research and development.
He also oversees a broad portfolio of technology capabilities, including information technology, training and simulation, advanced analytics, hardware and platform integration, and logistics and supply chain.
Throughout his career, Onstott has been a successful innovator and served in many capacities, including technical leadership, general management, and executive leadership roles. Most recently, he launched SAIC’s Innovation Factory, which enables rapid prototyping, evaluation of emerging technologies, and incremental delivery of SAIC’s services. Innovation Factory marries a U.S.-based national network of innovation centers, startup accelerators, and service delivery centers. Prior to this role, Onstott was senior vice president and service line manager for SAIC’s services in key emerging technologies: cloud, cyber and data science. Onstott lead the charge on developing SAIC’s cyber practice as well as improving its cloud computing business across an array of customer markets and led the development of SAIC’s capabilities in data science and analytics. As a result of his leadership, SAIC significantly grew its capabilities and revenues to new markets and customers.
Onstott joined SAIC in 1994 and has held many roles of increasing authority. Early in his career, he was the chief technologist for SAIC’s Integrated Services Management Center (ISMC), which is SAIC’s most successful IT shared service delivery organization. He was responsible for overall technology leadership as well as program portfolio management. He has developed IT infrastructure solutions that support more than 400,000 users worldwide in multiple industries with a focus on Federal Civilian agencies, the Department of Defense, and health care. He has managed many IT service modernization projects, some of which produced significant cost savings in systems development and maintenance while also improving overall customer satisfaction.
In 2020, Onstott was selected as Public Company Chief Technology Officer of the Year by Washington Executive in 2020.
Onstott holds a master’s degree in philosophy of religion from The University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Oklahoma State University. Onstott has long been fascinated by the American experience of living at the intersection of advanced technology, rapid innovation, and a generally religious culture. He has a wonderful wife and two teenagers who challenge his video gaming skills. In his spare time, he is a mountain bike enthusiast who participated in endurance races and completed the Shenandoah 100 mile mountain bike race in 2019.
CHARLES ONSTOTT IN THE MEDIA:
- TechTarget: The Need for AI Ethics and Diversity
- Forbes: 16 Effective Ways to Diversify Your Tech Talent Pipeline
- CIOReview: A Successful Journey with Data Science
- Washington Technology: SAIC's Onstott and Technology Eras (Podcast)
- Washington Technology: How COVID-19 Can Drive Innovation
- Fedscoop: Why Moving to the Cloud Improves Cybersecurity (Video)
- Fedscoop: Making Sense of Cloud Migration (Video)
- Fedscoop: How Virtualization Is Benefiting Federal IT (Video)
- Fedscoop: Government Agencies Embrace Agile and Cloud (Video)
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