Philip A. Odeen
Phil Odeen is the non-executive Chairman of AES, an international energy company and Convergys, a leading outsourcing company. He is former chairman of Avaya Inc., as well as Reynolds & Reynolds, and served as interim CEO of Reynolds & Reynolds from 2004-2005. From the fall of 2005 until mid 2006, Mr. Odeen served as CEO of QinetiQ North American Operations, supporting the expansion of QinetiQ Inc. – a leading U.K. defense technology company. He continues to serve on their U.S. Board.
Mr. Odeen was chairman and CEO of TRW, a major industrial corporation providing advanced-technology products and services primarily in the automotive, defense, and aerospace sectors, which was acquired by Northrop Grumman in 2002. Prior to becoming Chairman, he was a member of TRW’s Management Committee and responsible for TRW’s $3 billion Systems and Information Technology business, providing solutions using information technology, and systems engineering and analysis. He also served as executive Vice President of Washington, DC operations, where he was responsible for government relations, business development, and selected international activities of TRW’s Aerospace and Information Systems sector.
Mr. Odeen was President and CEO of BDM, which TRW acquired in 1997, and directed its growth and evolution as a multi-national information technology (IT) firm. Under his leadership, BDM grew from under $300 million in revenue to over $1 billion in five years.
Before joining BDM as President in 1992, Mr. Odeen was Vice Chairman Management Consulting Services, at Coopers & Lybrand, where he directed a practice of 2,500 consultants in 30 cities across the United States. Earlier, he served as Managing Partner of the firm’s public sector practice for 13 years. From 1973 to 1978, he was Vice President of the Wilson Sporting Goods Company.
Mr. Odeen has served in senior positions with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council staff. He was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis) and later led the Defense and Arms Control staff for then-National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger.
Mr. Odeen is active in various government advisory groups, primarily in the defense and national security area. In 1997 Secretary of Defense William Cohen selected him to chair the National Defense Panel. He was a member and former Vice Chairman of the Defense Science Board, and is a member of the Defense Business Board and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel. He has chaired various Defense Science Board Task Forces on defense industry, logistics, and outsourcing as well as the 2004 Summer Study on Post-Conflict Operations. Mr. Odeen is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Mr. Odeen has served on the Board of Directors of two other New York Stock Exchange Companies, Northrop Grumman and WGL Holdings. He is active in business and community activities and chairs the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, which supports defense related medical research by the DoD Uniformed Services Medical University. He has served on the boards of community organizations, including the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Wolf Trap Foundation, Inova Health Care, CharityWorks, and Childhelp USA. He was Chairman of the Virginia Business Council, the Professional Services Council and the World Affairs Council of Washington.
A native of South Dakota, Mr. Odeen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in government from the University of South Dakota in 1957. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom a year later and earned a master’s degree in 1959 from the University of Wisconsin.