George Mason UniversitySchool of Business
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Sutton, John A

Focus:Adjunct Faculty
Academic Unit:Information Systems and Operations Management
Positions:Adjunct Faculty
Office Location:Enterprise Hall, RM 156
Office Hours:by appointment
Research Interests:
  • Business Operations
  • Business Leadership
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Master of Business Administration from George Mason University 
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Massachusetts Maritime Academy

John is currently advising technology firms on operations, technology, strategy, growth, and M&A.  John is on the Advisory Board of Quadrint Inc., co-founder of DE Federal LLC, and is teaching business at George Mason University.   Through 2019, John was KeyW’s (NASD: KEYW) Chief Operating Officer. John led the delivery, performance, and customer satisfaction of KeyW’s product and solution business.  He built the team and system to deliver revenue and profit commitments resulting in seven quarters of meeting or beating analyst expectations leading to KeyW’s sale to Jacobs (NYSE: J) in 2019 for a record 22.5x LTM multiple. 

John has built high-performing teams delivering systems, software, telecommunications, and cyber security to federal and commercial clients resulting in delivery and growth of contracts totaling several billions in profitable revenue.  John has served nearly every federal agency delivering ships, space systems, EW and cryptography, sub-sea telecommunications, unmanned & force protection systems, ISR systems, weapons systems, cyber solutions and products, agile development, and cloud deployments. 

Research and Awards:

John has led research teams in applied cyber security, the Semantic Web, Public Buildings, and space-based sensor manufacturing.  John has served on George Mason University’s Business School Advisory Board, Advisory Boards for Blue Canopy and JIVE, and the Executive Committee of INSA.  In addition, he was the founding chair of the Washington Executive General Manager’s Council and volunteers for the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program.  John’s awards include; Time Magazine Top Inventions of 2008 Team Award, Department of the Army Superior Performance, DoD Pro Patria Award, and Department of the Navy AEGIS Excellence Award.  He has a current Full Scope Polygraph clearance.