Executive Mosaic is honored to unveil George Schindler, president of U.S. and Canada operations at CGI, as the newest inductee into the Washington 100, the premier group of leaders who drive innovation and execute strategic vision at the intersection of the public and private sectors.
Schindler has led U.S. operations for the Montreal-based technology services contractor since 2011 and added responsibilities for Canada in January 2013, when CEO Michael Roach appointed Schindler to the firm’s global operations leadership team.
Schindler, a nearly three-decade company veteran, led the company’s CGI Federal subsidiary from 2006 to 2011 and oversaw the acquisition of Stanley.
In a conversation with GovCon Exec upon his induction, Schindler described the cross-geographical nature of CGI’s client base and how the company works with customers in areas such as intellectual property and domains.
“There has also been increased demand from global organizations that need a provider who can support their sophisticated operating models, including “follow the sun” delivery in multiple countries to delivering complex, enterprise-wide initiatives,” Schindler said.
Innovative technologies have been a prime area of focus for Schindler during his time at CGI and he told us the executive team has sought to meet both short-term commitments to customers but also stay engaged with long-term goals.
“We started investing in emerging areas like cloud, cyber, and healthcare ahead of the demand so we would be ready to deliver to our clients at the right time. Over the past 18 months, we have seen these areas grow significantly, particularly in secure government cloud and across commercial and government health IT.”
Outside of CGI, Schindler serves on the board of directors at TechAmerica and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, avenues that give him opportunities to see coming technological trends in the public sector.
Schindler also offered insight into how technology covers nearly every aspect of lives and a prediction of what the industry will look like in the future.
“We are just starting to see the power of technology being harnessed to better serve citizens, customers, and society, so it’s an exciting time to be part of an industry that is transforming at a record pace.
“Because of this, we foresee continued consolidation that will result in a handful of truly global companies in the technology and professional services market.”