Contracts and Procurement Expert Mark Connel Joins Octo

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New Vice President of Contracts brings to Octo 20+ years’ experience in contracts and procurement.

May 5, 2020, Reston, Va. – Octo has announced the hiring of Mark Connel as Vice President of Contracts, supporting the CFO organization. Connel oversees the overall policy and management of all corporate contract and subcontract administration functions and directs the organization as a key component of Octo’s continued growth.

“I am pleased to be a part of Octo and this team of dedicated professionals who hold such a wealth of knowledge and who have built such a mature contracting function within the company,” said Connel. “I have been impressed by Octo’s trajectory of success and am eager to contribute.”

Connel has over 35 years of experience in contract and subcontract management oversight, implementation, and administration in direct support of company core business objectives. Prior to joining Octo, he served as Vice President of Contracts for KeyW; Vice President and Executive Director of Contracts for SRA International, Inc.; and Senior Vice President for Administration and Director of Contracts and Pricing for the Intelligence and Security (IS&S) Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Connel also held contract and procurement/subcontract management positions with Boeing.

“We are thrilled to have Mark on board,” said Pamela Rothka, Chief Financial Officer at Octo. “With his track record of expertise in contracts and deep understanding of growth strategy, we are confident in his ability to help us mature an already robust contracts department and lay the groundwork for efficiency that will help take Octo to the next level.”

Connel holds an MBA from Seattle University and an M.S. from Syracuse University. He earned his B.S. from University of Washington.

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