WashingtonExec announced today it would posthumously honor Dr. J. Phillip “Jack” London with a Lifetime Achievement Award on May 20 at WashingtonExec’s virtual Chief Officer Awards, celebrating his 49-year legacy in senior leadership with CACI, and the mark his accomplishments left on the government contracting industry.
Dr. London was the executive chairman and chairman of the board of CACI from 2007 until his death in January 2021. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO from 1984-2007, and is known as the “founder of the modern-day CACI,” according to the company.
In its second year, WashingtonExec’s Chief Officer Awards will celebrate the most impactful and innovative C-suite executives in government and industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and honors Dr. London’s achievements during his career, how he led and grew CACI and his contributions to the national security market.
Dr. London first joined CACI as a program manager in 1972, eventually advancing to vice president and division president before his appointment to CEO. He was first elected to CACI’s board of directors in 1981 and served as its chairman from 1990 until his death.
Dr. London grew CACI to a global national security leader and shaped it into a trusted federal partner as it provided expertise and technology to enterprise and mission customers. His strategic vision in the 1990s helped set company records for revenue and profit and positioned CACI for the emerging market in network technology. By the 2000s, Dr. London had expanded CACI into the intelligence and homeland security market. In 2008, he also co-founded the Asymmetric Threat Symposium Series to advance the dialogue on national and global security.
Dr. London is also remembered and honored for his illustrious U.S. Navy career, having served 12 years of active duty during the Cold War — which included 33 at-sea deployments — followed by 12 years in the Navy Reserve and retiring as a naval captain in 1983. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School, was inducted into the Naval Postgraduate School Hall of Fame in 2011, and honored with the U.S. Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate Award in 2019.
“Dr. London’s death is an enormous loss to the community,” said JD Kathuria, founder and CEO of WashingtonExec. “His contributions not only shaped CACI into today’s behemoth national security company, but his legacy will live on for years to come, within the government contracting industry and beyond. We hope this award helps to commemorate his rich legacy and all he has done for the community.”
CACI President and CEO John Mengucci will accept the award on behalf of Dr. London. Nominations for all other categories are open until March 26.
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