McDermott + Bull has successfully placed David Whitaker as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at General Atomics (GA). In this role, David will be responsible for all strategic and tactical technological solutions for the Tier 1 Defense Prime. He will oversee the entire information technology department, with direct responsibility over solutions and applications; infrastructure and operations; and cyber security and risk management.
David began his career as an engineer before transitioning into IT at General Dynamics. Since then, he has served as CIO of several multibillion-dollar defense industry organizations. He most recently served as CIO of Sierra Space, where he led technology through their carve-out from Sierra Nevada Corporation.
General Atomics is a defense and diversified technologies company, founded in 1955 as a division of General Dynamics and acquired by the Blue family in 1986. GA and affiliated companies operate on five continents and include GA Aeronautical Systems, Inc. GA’s innovations have advanced the full spectrum of science and technology – from nuclear energy and defense to medicine and high-performance computing. Behind a talented global team of scientists, engineers, and professionals, GA’s unique experience and capabilities continue to deliver safe, sustainable, economical, and innovative solutions to meet growing global demands.
This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull Partners Jared Moriarty and Michael Finegold and Executive Recruiter Alyssa Camire.