Toni Townes-Whitley is chief executive officer of SAIC. With annual revenues of $6.9 billion and approximately 24,000 employees, SAIC provides engineering, digital, artificial intelligence and mission solutions across the defense, space, civilian and intelligence markets.
Townes-Whitley became CEO and was elected to SAIC’s Board of Directors in October 2023. Townes-Whitley has a distinguished and proven track record of driving strong enterprise financial results and fostering an inclusive culture focused on entrepreneurship and high performance. In her past role as President, U.S. Regulated Industries at Microsoft, she led the company’s public sector and regulated commercial industries including education, financial services, government, and healthcare, managing $16B of annual revenue.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Townes-Whitley was president of CGI Federal, where she was responsible for a portfolio of more than $1 billion, leading 6,600 employees to deliver greater value to US Government civilian, defense, and intelligence sectors. Previously, Toni held several management roles at Unisys Corporation leading global and commercial-sector system integration and the Federal Civilian group, where she achieved 500 percent revenue growth and doubled profitability.
Toni is a global tech leader who serves as an Independent Director/Trustee on 4 Boards: Nasdaq, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Partnership for Public Service, and the Princeton Faith & Work Initiative. She is a guest lecturer on technology ethics and entrepreneurism in the public sector at Stanford and Princeton Universities.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in public policy and economics from Princeton University’s School of Public & International Affairs (SPIA) and has received certifications from Wharton Executive Education, New York University, and the Performance Management Institute.
Toni’s work has been recognized across many industries, making her the recipient of numerous awards that include Fortune’s Most Powerful Women: Ones to Watch, Women in Technology Leadership, Black Enterprise Top Executive, FedScoop Top50 for Industry Leadership, the 2020 IES Lifetime Achievement Award, NVTC Tech 100 Executive, Federal 100 Industry Eagle Award, and “Woman of the Year” by the Washington-based STEM for Her organization.
In addition to her current board service, Toni has been a longtime advisor to and fundraiser for the Women’s Center of Northern Virginia, and a past president and Board Chair of Women in Technology. Toni continues to support the US Peace Corps, for which she volunteered for three years as a village teacher in Gabon (Central Africa)