Executive Management

Kay Kapoor - President

AT&T Government Solutions

Kay Kapoor leads a team of 4,000 AT&T professionals who are focused on delivering customized information technology and professional services solutions to the Federal Government. The unit is a leader in delivering innovative network solutions and managed services, voice and data solutions, cyber security, and mission support across the Federal government.

Ms. Kapoor has 25 years of experience in the Federal Government market and has held management positions of increasing responsibility and complexity. She is the recipient of numerous company, industry, and government awards.

Prior to joining AT&T, she served as CEO of Accenture Federal Services (AFS) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accenture LLC. In this role, she led the US Federal business and was the chairman and CEO of the Board of AFS. Before her tenure at Accenture, Kapoor worked for 20 years at Lockheed Martin Corporation leading complex organization units, as well as government relations. She ultimately served as Vice President and COO of Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS-Civil Unit.

Ms. Kapoor has a Master’s degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland. She has completed executive programs at MIT and Harvard Universities.  Ms. Kapoor is a strong supporter of a diverse range of charities and non-profits and has active advisory roles with Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

 

Mike Leff - Vice President Civilian

AT&T Government Solutions

Mike Leff leads a specialized team that delivers network-enabled, mobile and IT professional services solutions across federal civilian departments and agencies.  In this role, he is focused on achieving high customer satisfaction through the deployment of IT solutions that satisfy cybersecurity, cloud computing, IP-based services, and mobility application requirements.

Mr. Leff most recently served as Managing Director for the Federal Civilian Health Business at Accenture, where he led programs in support of the Social Security Administration and various agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services while focusing on the development and implementation of the company’s federal health strategy across the defense and civilian sectors.

Previously, Mr. Leff worked at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, including serving as Director of the company’s civilian business where he led Enterprise Solutions programs that provided a spectrum of mission and information technology services. He also served as Chief Technology Officer for the Health and Human Services business line, supporting the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs, among other clients.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Leff designed and developed command, control, communication, and intelligence systems for the aerospace industry supporting the Department of Defense.

Mr. Leff is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Project Management Institute and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Loyola University’s Sellinger School of Business. He holds an M.S., Applied Information Technology, from Towson University and a B.S., Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Bucknell University.

 

John R Klebonis - Vice President Defense 

AT&T Government Solutions

As Vice President, Department of Defense Segment, AT&T Government Solutions, Mr. Klebonis spearheads a group of security-cleared professionals focused on delivering tailored information technology solutions to meet the mission requirements of the Department of Defense. The team applies their combined expertise in network, mobility, cyber security, applications, and professional services to design and deploy commercial and customized information technology solutions.

Mr. Klebonis’ twenty-two year career at AT&T spans positions of increasing responsibility in systems development, sales, marketing, product management, operations, business development and strategic planning.

Over the past six years, he has led a strategic transformation of the AT&T professional services division, successfully developing a growth engine for AT&T Government Solutions and incorporating network and mobility services into the DoD Segment umbrella.  Under his leadership, AT&T Government Solutions has been recognized for high quality policies and practices, receiving a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) Level 3 rating from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) of Carnegie Mellon University and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system.

Prior to joining AT&T Government Solutions, Mr. Klebonis was Sales Center Vice President for Enterprise Sales – Mid-Atlantic region, where his organization supported over 300 large business customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Earlier postings include sales leadership roles in New York City as well as product management and marketing positions in New Jersey, where he developed integrated offers of voice and data services.

Mr. Klebonis is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in information systems from Salisbury State University in Maryland.

 

Stacy Schwartz - Vice President Public Safety

AT&T Government Solutions

Stacy Schwartz oversees AT&T Government Solutions work for a variety of federal agencies including the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State.  In this capacity, Ms. Schwartz leads a team of sales professionals representing the comprehensive AT&T product portfolio spanning mobility devices, services and applications; IT professional services; traditional and IP-based voice; Wi-Fi; high-speed Internet; data transport; cyber security; unified communications and cloud-based services.

Schwartz, who has been with AT&T for 17 years, was most recently Executive Director, Federal Civilian Sales for AGS.  In that role, Stacy and her team consistently delivered year over year revenue growth, gaining competitive market share and growing the breadth of AT&T services purchased by existing federal customers.  Previously, she served as Executive Director of Global Consumer and Business Marketing at Global One (a joint venture of Sprint, France Telecom, and Deutsche Telecom) and Executive Director for hosting company Equinix. Her career in telecommunications/technology includes leadership positions in consumer and business marketing, channel management, retail and government sales and global sales and marketing.

Schwartz holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A from The Johns Hopkins School of International Studies. She has also studied at Institut des Hautes Etudes International in Geneva, Switzerland, Kokusai Daigaku in Niigata Japan, the Harvard John F. Kennedy School for Government and the Wharton School for Executive Management.  Currently, Stacy serves as a Board member of the Women's Center of Northern Virginia and represents AT&T on the Government Executive STEM Council, and participates in Women in Technology, the Federal Industry Affairs Council (IAC), and the Potomac Officers Club/Executive Biz organizations.

 

Chris Smith- Vice President -Technology

AT&T Government Solutions

Chris Smith brings 20 plus years of government and technical experience and a strong background in cloud, mobility, and security to AT&T Government Solutions where he leads a team of 175 technologists charged with developing AT&T products and services to meet the unique needs of the federal market. 

Prior to his current leadership role at AT&T, Mr. Smith was the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer with Accenture Federal Services where he shaped the technology agenda for the company’s federal business portfolio and directed the services provided to federal clients in areas such as secure cloud computing, big data, logistics and supply chain and cost reduction. 

Previously, Mr. Smith served as the Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he led one of the largest federal government transitions to cloud computing. His federal government experience also includes senior positions with the General Services Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.

With 25 years of military service, Smith led multiple missions around the globe as a Joint Tactical Communications Officer in the Air Force and Air National Guard.  Now retired, he last served as a Commander of the Communications Squadron 113th Wing.

Mr. Smith has also served as a co-chair of the Best Practices Committee for the Federal CIO Council and government chair of the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council’s Executive Leadership Conference. Mr. Smith received his B.A. and M.P.A. from the University of South Florida and also holds a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from George Washington University.

 

Knute Olson – Vice President – National Security

AT&T Government Solutions

Knute Olson is Client Executive Vice President leading AT&T professional services engagements and the development of network solutions for U.S. Government intelligence and the White House.  Mr. Olson’s AT&T experience spans over thirty years in positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of cost containment and budgeting, AT&T and customer operations, productivity and efficiency management, special access programs, business development and strategic planning. 

Before taking the helm of the National Security segment, Olson led an organization of business and technical professionals who directly supported multiple U.S. government agencies via contractual commitments providing systems engineering, technical assistance and implementation for IT infrastructure. 

Previously, as senior project manager, Mr. Olson directed business management functions relative to a classified program that required a complex integration of commercial hardware and custom software.  In this role, he headed a team of project managers and developers who interfaced directly with customers, contractors, and key government contacts overseeing forward-looking efforts.  Under Olson’s stewardship, the team satisfied customer requirements and gained valuable practical experience while some members awaited final processing of their required government security clearances.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Olson served as project manager guiding new product development, contract proposal and negotiation, daily service issues, provision of technical resources, and other elements of telecommunications program management in support of several government agencies.

Mr. Olson completed the master’s certificate program at George Washington University, BS Sales Excellence, and University of Phoenix. 

 

Paul Girardi – Vice President – Business Development

AT&T Government Solutions

Paul Girardi heads Business Development and Capture Management for the AT&T federal sector. In this role, Mr. Girardi leads strategic opportunity pursuits from identification to award, delivering solutions to Federal customers and new business results to AT&T.

Mr. Girardi, with AT&T Government Solutions since 2002, brings a wealth of experience to his work for federal clients and combines it with a passion for technology, innovation and service.  Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Girardi was Executive Director, Department of Defense Sales where he led an organization that explored the needs of defense customers and addressed them by advocating their requirements within AT&T, sourcing expertise and technology from centers of excellence with specialized skillsets.  Previously, Mr. Girardi was Executive Director of Engineering leading a nationwide team that developed, sold, and delivered integrated IT solutions to federal customers. During his tenure, the organization helped Agencies harness converged Internet Protocol (IP), IPv6 and wireless technologies in support of effective business transformation.

Before joining AT&T, Mr. Girardi held an executive position at Qwest Communications where he was responsible for business development for the northeast territory of Qwest Solutions. Prior technical leadership positions at Lucent, Sprint and Rhythms have also contributed to his twenty plus years of Information Technology (IT) experience in both engineering and sales leadership.

Mr. Girardi holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering in Command, Control, and Communications from George Mason University; and a Bachelors of Science in Physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

 

Lawrence Taylor - Executive Sales Director Mobility

AT&T Government Solutions

As head of the Mobility Sales Center of Excellence for AT&T Government Solutions, Larry Taylor is focused on increasing and sustaining the highest level of customer satisfaction and expanding the AT&T wireless business throughout the Federal government.  Previously, as Director of Retail Sales for AT&T Maryland, Taylor led an organization responsible for the sales and service of AT&T wireless products statewide that consistently generated substantial annual growth in subscribers and revenue.

Larry’s career at AT&T and its predecessor SBC began in Finance.  As a Senior Financial Analyst, he created one of the first revenue assurance departments in the industry.  This department implemented new product lines, coordinated billing system conversions, developed customer life cycle management programs, integrated operations from newly acquired properties, and managed accounting operations for a $1.5 billion property.  Larry’s broad knowledge of finance and accounting helped AT&T realize numerous multimillion expense savings and revenue growth projects including winning a large contract with the Department of Defense.  From Finance, Larry moved into Mobility Sales and Service as a Director where he quickly became a top performer, excelling in customer satisfaction and growth. 

Prior to joining SBC, Larry was a Financial Analyst with Westinghouse Electric Corporation. 

As a member of the Greater Maryland Better Business Bureau (BBB), Larry has served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board. Currently, Larry remains on the executive board of the local BBB as past chairman.

Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor in Economics from Saint Vincent College and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Gary Noyes - CFO

AT&T Government Solutions

Mr. Noyes brings more than two decades of finance experience to his position as CFO of AT&T Government Solutions, a unit of AT&T that delivers IT solutions to the U.S. federal government marketplace. He leads a team of professionals responsible for financial planning and analysis, oversight of the control environment, investment and cost management, FAR/CAS compliances, as well as related operational metrics. He has been successful in optimizing the combined efforts of the finance and operations teams to achieve business targets.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Noyes held positions of increasing responsibility within AT&T, spearheading teams that implemented financial and business processes for several service portfolios. As Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Planning, Mr. Noyes significantly reduced capital expenditures and was instrumental in investment decisions in growth areas.  In previous management roles, Mr. Noyes established the financial and business processes of a newly launched Business Continuity Service, supported complex client negotiations, and performed business case and pricing analyses.

Mr. Noyes received his Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from Rowan University. He holds an active U.S. Top Secret Security Clearance.

 

Bill Huber – Senior Vice President, Federal Government Customer Service

AT&T Corp.

Bill leads a team of 400 plus professionals who are responsible for the delivery, life-cycle management and customer care functions of core telecommunications services to federal government agencies and civilian organizations, such as the International Red Cross and the U.S. Postal Service.

Mr. Huber’s prior assignments include serving as Senior Vice President, Customer Experience, responsible for leading the development and execution of the AT&T Global Business Customer Experience strategy and integrating the AT&T Business Net Promoter Score strategy and Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Engineering where he was responsible for sales enablement, technology integration, customer experience transformation and global operations.

Throughout his career, Bill has held a variety of leadership roles: Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Engineering where he was responsible for sales enablement, technology integration, customer experience transformation and global operations; President Network Services, SBC West overseeing all network operations; and various management and operational roles spanning Sales, Corporate Strategy, and Human Resources.

Mr. Huber received his Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity University in the field of Electrical Engineering.

 

Steven W. DeGeorge - General Attorney & Associate General Counsel

AT&T Government Solutions

Steven DeGeorge manages the legal support to the AT&T sales and contracting activities with federal government customers, suppliers and subcontractors. He also oversees related compliance programs.

Mr. DeGeorge has more than 28 years in the practice of government contracts law, concentrated principally in the IT and telecommunications areas. His experience in government contracting includes contract proposal and negotiation, subcontracting, IP matters, GSA multiple award schedules, and resolution of bid protests and contract administration disputes. He also has substantial experience in the areas of cyber security and law enforcement surveillance.

Before joining AT&T, Mr. DeGeorge spent a number of years in private practice, as a bid protest attorney at the Government Accountability Office and as a procurement counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. He is an active member of the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law, and he has been an invited speaker on topics of federal procurement reform and bid protests.

Mr. DeGeorge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the Catholic University of America and is a law graduate of George Washington University.

 

Karen A. Wentworth - Assistant Vice-President, Federal Government Marketing

AT&T Corp.

Karen Wentworth leads the AT&T federal government marketing organization, with responsibility for solution positioning and marketing programs supporting sales growth for the AT&T federal government segment.  Prior to joining AT&T Government Solutions, Ms. Wentworth served as Executive Director, Marketing Communications for AT&T Business Solutions advancing the marketplace success of AT&T strategic services, including Cloud, Unified Communications, and Security Solutions. 

Ms. Wentworth joined AT&T in 2006, in conjunction with the AT&T acquisition of USinternetworking, Inc. (USi), one of the industry’s first ‘Software as a Service’ providers.  At USi, Ms. Wentworth served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, helping the firm gain broad recognition as a leader in the application services industry. 

Ms. Wentworth has a BA from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County has recognized her as a Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) honoree, and she is an active volunteer in her community.