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Hillen, John

Academic Unit:Management
Position:Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 044
Office Hours:By appointment
  • PhD - International Relations, University of Oxford
  • MBA, Cornell University
  • MA - War Studies, King's College London
  • BA - Public Policy Studies and History, Duke University 

The Honorable Dr. John Hillen is a highly accomplished CEO in the government contracting space and a former high ranking U.S. government official. A decorated combat veteran and noted national security scholar, he has led four defense and intelligence technology firms in Northern Virginia, most recently as President and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions—awarded the 2012 GovCon Contractor of the Year award in the large company category. Hillen took Sotera public in 2009, one of the few successful IPOs in the American economy that year, and he currently serves as the vice chairman of the company's advisory board.

A recognized industry leader in the technology contacting space, Hillen served in 2012 and 2013 as the chairman of the Professional Services Council and currently sits on the boards of SOS International LLC, Software AG Government Solutions Inc., Cygnacom Solutions Inc., IAP Global Services LLC, and National Review Inc. He previously served as assistant secretary for political-military affairs for the U.S. Department of State and president of CGI Federal. He has lead other companies in both the government contracting and financial services space.

Hillen received the Fed100 award in 2011 and has been the subject of cover stories in Smart CEO Magazine, Government Computer News, and Washington Technology. An experienced director of both public and private companies, he has served on the boards of over half a dozen federal contracting firms.

At the Mason School of Business, Hillen teaches and focuses on leadership, strategy, management, and entrepreneurship.


GovConExec (January 22, 2015) - 2015 Wash100: The GovCon Sector’s Most Influential Voices

WashingtonExec (June 12, 2014) - Dr. John Hillen Traces GovCon Market’s Maturation in Three Columns on Washington Technology

Washington Technology (June 4, 2014) - Is the GovCon market a 'real' market?

Washington Technology (May 27, 2014) - What stands in the way of a more mature GovCon market?

Washington Technology (May 20, 2014) - How mature is the GovCon market?