Shawn Purvis to Be Honored as STEM for Her’s Woman of the Year 2023

Shawn Purvis to be recognized at the Elevate Her Gala on April 27 as the STEM for Her Woman of the Year!

Shawn Purvis serves as President and CEO of QinetiQ US, part of QinetiQ Group PLC. As CEO of QinetiQ US, Shawn is responsible for the complete operations of the business while transforming QinetiQ US into a world class provider of innovative defense and security solutions.

Over the course of Shawn’s 25+ years of P&L responsibilities, she has led billion-dollar organizations in the areas of defense, intelligence and cyber security technical solutions in support of the warfighter and intelligence customers both domestic and global, achieving organic revenue growth and margin improvement year over year. Ms. Purvis has in-depth skills in driving strategy, policy, corporate strategic campaigns and financial/non-financial goals across the company. She actively participates in corporate governance in areas of risks, benefits, cyber and policies and engagements with the Board of Directors. 

Ms. Purvis’ prior roles include serving as corporate vice president (CVP), President of Enterprise Services (ES); CVP, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and as a sector vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman’s former Information Systems’ cyber division, and vice president for the integrated intelligence systems (IIS) business unit respectively. A leader in these roles, she was responsible for all aspects of the business strategy, growth, customer relationships and program execution – delivering global full-spectrum cyber and security and technology solutions to intelligence, defense and civilian customers.  Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Ms. Purvis held management positions at SAIC and Lockheed Martin.   

Ms. Purvis earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Hampton University and a master’s degree in information systems from George Mason University. She attended the Executive Program at Darden School of Business: University of Virginia and earned a certificate from the Accelerated Management Program at Yale School of Management. Ms. Purvis was selected for the 2020 cohort for Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Women’s Global leadership Program. 

Ms. Purvis previously served on the boards of Technology Business Management (TBM), the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Northern Virginia Family Services Council and the Board of Visitors for George Mason University. She currently serves as on the Board of Trustees for Dodge and Cox. In 2019 she was named to the Black Enterprise™, Most Powerful Women in Corporate America. In 2020 she received the 2020 Distinguished Black Alumni Award from the George Mason Black Alumni Chapter and the Alumni of the year award from the College of Engineering and Computing in 2021. She is a WASH 100 award recipient from Executive Mosaic for 2021, 2022 and 2023. 

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