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Jim Cecil, Director & CIO

Jim Cecil leads Cowan & Associatesí technology management and strategic sourcing programs, providing Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and technical programs expertise in managing technology investments and supporting information technology (IT) business operations. Our clients include the Department of Defense (DoD) CIO, Department of Navy CIO, and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in projects such as the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (DoD ESI), which is the DoD enterprise IT strategic sourcing program credited with over $4 billion in cost avoidance.

Jim is a Director at Cowan & Associates who joined the firm in 2006. He has over twenty years of U.S. and international experience in business operations, technology management, process reengineering, and systems implementation. His expertise includes strategic planning, technology strategic sourcing, project portfolio management, and program management. He has served clients in a variety of industries, including: Defense, Federal Civilian government, financial services, telecommunications, technology, manufacturing, energy, non-profit, and local government. He is frequent speaker at industry conferences on IT acquisition and strategic sourcing. Jim also serves as Cowan & Associates CIO, responsible for the firmís IT services and infrastructure.

Prior to joining Cowan, Jim held leadership and consulting positions with ICOR Partners (now ASI Government), Booz Allen Hamiltonís Worldwide Commercial Business (now Booz & Co.), Network Imaging Corporation (now Metavante), Perspective Technology Corporation (now Idea Integration), and American Management Systems, Inc. (now CACI).

Jim holds a MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and a BS in applied mathematics from Kent State University. He holds numerous management and technical certifications, including: Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI); Certified Systems Engineering Profession (CSEP) by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE); Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); and, IT Infrastructure Library (ITILģ) 2011 Foundation by EXIN. He has completed all Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) training requirements for Program Management Level 2, and Level 1 requirements for IT and Systems Engineering.