Guidehouse adds four client executives to defense sector practice

27 October 2021 3 min. read
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Guidehouse, a management and technology consulting firm, has added four client relationship executives focusing on military clients: Ted Adair, Julia Gibbons, Chris Choby, and Phillip Hall. 

The quartet of new hires are military veterans who bring deep expertise across customer engagement, business development, and the Department of Defense (DoD). They will assist Guidehouse’s military clients with challenges across technology, financial management, sustainability, and supply chain, among other areas.

Ted Adair (Army client relationship executive) brings nearly 20 years of business development expertise in national security, defense, law enforcement, and homeland security, with a focus on digital modernization. Adair previously was a business development director at Accenture and Hitachi Consulting. Prior to his career in consulting, Adair was a field artillery officer in the US Army and served in two separate combat deployments to the Middle East.

Julia Gibbons (Air Force/Space Force) has diverse commercial, civil, and defense consulting and government experience, with expertise in risk management, solution architecting, systems engineering planning, and business development. Gibbons joins Guidehouse from SAIC, where she was a VP of business development. She also previously worked at Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton. Gibbons is a retired United States Air Force officer.

Guidehouse adds four client executives to defense sector practice

Chris Choby (US Navy/Marine Corps) has two decades of experience managing and developing business relationships in the US defense market. He was previously the Navy/USMC account leader for IBM Consulting. Earlier in his career, Choby was a senior consultant and program manager at PwC Public Sector, the predecessor firm of Guidehouse.

Phillip Hall (Office of the Secretary of Defense and Defense Agencies) brings more than 15 years of experience delivering IT solutions to DoD, civilian, and intelligence community customers. He was previously a VP of business development at SAIC and an Azure Cloud executive at Microsoft. Hall is a US Air Force veteran. 

"With the addition of these top-tier professionals, we are better equipped to serve and support the complex needs of our clients at the Department of Defense. We are excited to welcome this group of exceptional professionals to Guidehouse and look forward to supporting the growing demand through our expanding defense capabilities, solutions, and implementation strategies," said Ed Meehan, partner and Guidehouse defense segment leader.

Ryan McKeon, recently promoted to growth leader of Guidehouse’s defense segment, added, “I'm thrilled with these exceptional leaders and excited for the additional capabilities this brings to support our Department of Defense clients."

Guidehouse recently closed its acquisition of Dovel, a federal-focused IT consulting firm with more than 1,800 employees. The deal has grown Guidehouse’s global headcount to more than 12,000 professionals in over 50 locations.