Lauren Knausenberger

Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer


Lauren Knausenberger is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of SAIC, a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation’s technology transformation, with annual revenues of $7.4 billion and approximately 24,000 employees.

SAIC provides engineering, digital, artificial-intelligence and mission solutions across the defense, space, civilian and intelligence markets. In her dual-responsibility role, Knausenberger leads innovation strategy across the company’s solutions and services portfolio and ensures that SAIC’s transformation capabilities are mission-relevant, agile and aligned with the needs of customers.

Prior to joining SAIC in October 2023, Knausenberger was the chief information officer of the U.S. Department of the Air Force, where she was responsible for three directorates for enterprise information technology, data and artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity, respectively, supporting 20,000 cyber operations and support personnel around the globe. Knausenberger provided oversight of the Air Force's IT investment strategy, from networks to cloud computing, enterprise policies, data management, digital transformation, information resources management, innovation initiatives, information assurance and related matters.

Prior to joining the Air Force, Knausenberger was an entrepreneur and investor helping to grow companies involved with U.S. national security. Before that, she held positions of increasing responsibility at American Management Systems and CACI.

Knausenberger earned her Bachelor of Science in decision and information sciences from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.