Kirstin Covelli Shelton Joins Octo as Vice President of Human Resources

Former ICF and SAIC HR executive will lead HR functions and help guide strategic planning for Octo.

October 13, 2020, RESTON, Va. – Octo announced today that Kirstin Covelli Shelton has joined the company as Vice President of Human Resources. In this role, Shelton will participate in strategic planning and developing human capital solutions for Octo along with leading the HR function to include total rewards, employee relations, and talent and performance management initiatives.

With a strong background supporting organizations that serve the Federal Government, Shelton comes with a long history of leading HR functions at ICF as Senior Director, Human Resources and SAIC in progressive senior HR roles. Over her 15+ years of experience, Shelton has overseen talent management, total rewards, performance management, and labor and employee relations. She has lead performance management programs to promote employee development and career pathing, while aligning business and human capital strategies for organizations with more than 15,000 employees. In addition, she was responsible for talent management efforts for multiple merger and acquisition (M&A) activities. Shelton holds a B.S. in Economics and Sociology from SUNY at Buffalo State College and Certifications in Human Resources and Employee Relations from Cornell.

“I am excited to have been offered the opportunity to work in such a dynamic and thriving organization,” Shelton said. “With its reputation of offering emerging technologies and innovative solutions, Octo presents a wide array of possibilities for both me as a professional and for the company to continue to expand its employee benefits and performance management capabilities as it continues to grow. I am excited to work on behalf of Octo’s employees at every level to make sure Octo continues to be an award-winning employer of choice.”

Mehul Sanghani, Octo’s CEO, said, “We were tremendously impressed by Kirstin’s qualifications and background. With her M&A, talent management, and benefits experience, along with her skills in performance management and employee relations, we know she will be a value-add to Octo’s operations and culture. We are pleased to welcome Kirstin and look forward to partnering with her on HR initiatives as we provide our customers with top talent and IT solutions.”

About Octo

Octo challenges the status quo, empowering federal agencies to leap IT hurdles by using emerging technologies to create transformative solutions that enable rapid modernization, enhance citizen engagement, and maximize human impact. We continually explore ways to transform IT, producing results vital to national security, intelligence, health care, and more.

Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Octo is a technology firm dedicated to solving the Federal Government’s most complex challenges with Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Agile DevSecOps, Cloud Engineering, Open Source, Cybersecurity, and Data Science solutions. Octo enables the government to modernize faster and meet the needs of rapidly changing missions with agility. Our approach is collaborative, and our outcomes are superior. Visit