CGI announced the appointment of former U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization (PTO) Chief Information Officer (CIO) John B. Owens II as a Vice-President with CGI Federal’s Emerging Technologies Practice (ETP). Owens will lead ETP’s Solution Development Group, the entity responsible for product development of all CGI Federal intellectual property offerings, including Momentum® and Unify360. In this role, Owens will oversee the continued development of innovative solutions aligned to the federal government’s strategy and designed to enable mission success.
“Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Owens has demonstrated an emphasis on innovation and continuous improvement to help drive significant business advances for federal agencies, and he will undoubtedly be an excellent fit for CGI Federal,” said CGI Vice-President, Consulting Services and ETP Leader, Subramanyam Surabhi.
During his tenure at the USPTO, Owens transitioned the agency to a near-paperless operation and stabilized its infrastructure and legacy systems while building next-generation tools and services for USPTO’s examination. He led the agency’s adoption of innovative methods for software development, including Agile and DevOps, which resulted in citizen-centric, user-friendly IT solutions and helped the agency accelerate its reactions to the demands of a rapidly changing technology marketplace.
Prior to becoming USTPO’s CIO in 2008, Owens served as a Senior Technical Director at America’s preeminent internet service provider from 1995 to 2008. Before that, he was a senior software engineer at a major multinational conglomerate working in its Aerospace and E-Systems Division. Owens has been recognized as a “Fed 100” winner by Federal Computer Week magazine.
“I am excited to join such a well-regarded, high-end IT services and solutions provider and looking forward to leveraging my USTPO experience to develop cutting-edge solutions for CGI’s federal client base,” Owens said.
About CGI Federal
CGI Federal Inc. is a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc., dedicated to partnering with federal agencies to provide solutions for defense, civilian, healthcare and intelligence missions. Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. With approximately 71,000 professionals worldwide, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of high-end IT and business consulting services, systems integration and IT and business process outsourcing services. CGI's client proximity model, best-fit global delivery network, and intellectual property solutions help clients accelerate results and digitally transform their organizations. With annual revenue of C$10.8 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.
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