Jack London (businessman)
|Dr. J. Phillip "Jack" London|
Chairman of the Board since 1990, Jack London first joined CACI as a program manager in 1972. He advanced to vice president in 1976, and by 1982 was a division president. Having been elected to CACI's board of directors in 1981, London was appointed president and CEO in 1984. He stepped down from the CEO and president role in 2007. He remains Chairman of the Board and holds the title of Executive Chairman. CACI was founded in 1962 by Herb Karr and Harry Markowitz to commercialize the SIMSCRIPT simulation programming language. London is known today throughout the industry as the founder of modern-era CACI. As of FY2013, CACI had $3.7 billion in revenue, with over 15,000 employees in 120 locations worldwide. CACI joined the New York Stock Exchange in 2002.
Under London's leadership, CACI grew from a small professional services consulting firm to become an IT and communications solutions industry leader in the North America and Western Europe. Key growth initiatives have included a mergers and acquisitions program yielding 59 acquisitions since 1992. Hailed as the "Hottest M&A Merger of the Year" by the Northern Virginia Technology Council in 2004, London spearheaded CACI’s purchase of the Defense and Intelligence Group and related assets of American Management Systems, Inc. for $415 million. The acquisition positioned CACI as one of the largest IT providers serving the defense and intelligence markets. In 2013, CACI announced its intent to purchase Six3 Systems, Inc., a provider of highly specialized cyber, intelligence, and surveillance support to the national security community, for $820 million. London is also the co-founder of the Asymmetric Threat Symposium series. Started in 2008, the series is dedicated to a national discourse on prominent national security challenges among leading experts, and senior government and military leaders.
London has authored several books and articles on topics including business management, naval history and genealogy. Character: The Ultimate Success Factor (Fortis, 2013) demonstrates how character – expressed through attitude, perspective, action, and resilience – drives success. Our Good Name, A Company’s Fight to Get the Truth Told About Abu Ghraib (Regnery, 2008) tells how CACI became swept up in the 2004 Abu Ghraib scandal and the challenges the company overcame in clearing its name. Mounting a concentrated campaign to push back against the allegations and make the facts known, the book describes the innovative methods of crisis management and consistent communications used by CACI. The book uses official records, sworn testimony, and government investigations to establish a factual record of events. London designated all author royalties to go to disabled veterans charities. He is also the author of The Royal and Noble Ancestry of Edward III: A London Family Lineage (2012).
A native of Oklahoma, London graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in naval engineering in 1959 and earned a Master of Science degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1967. He went on to receive his Doctor of Business Administration degree "with distinction" from the George Washington University in 1971.
During 12 years of active duty as a regular officer (1959–71) London served as a naval aviator and carrier helicopter pilot, and then as an aide and administrative assistant to the vice chief of the Naval Material Command, Department of the Navy. Among his 33 deployments, Dr. London saw service in the Cuban Missile Crisis and was with the airborne recovery team for Col. John Glenn's Mercury Program space flight in Friendship 7 in the Caribbean, on February 20, 1962, on the USS Randolph (CVS-15). London left active duty in 1971 and joined the U.S. Navy Reserve, retiring as a captain in 1983. He served as commanding officer of aeronautical engineering reserve units with the Naval Air Systems Command, Washington, D.C. London is the recipient of three Sikorsky Winged-S rescue medals (Life Saving Awards).
- Friends of the National World War II Memorial–A nonprofit organization dedicated to upholding the legacy of World War II and enhancing the educational experience for visitors to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.
- U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation—A private, nonprofit educational foundation honoring former and current service men and women in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine founded in 1977.
- Naval Historical Foundation—A nonprofit organization for the education, preservation, and commemoration of naval history founded in 1926.
- CAUSE (Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services)—A nonprofit organization providing recreational and rehabilitative support for wounded warriors from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan founded in 2003.
- Armed Forces Communication & Electronics Association
- All Saints Church Foundation
- Boy Scouts of America
- Northern Virginia Technology Council
- Professional Services Council
- Sons of the American Revolution Foundation
- U.S. Naval Institute
- Society of the Cincinnati (propositus, Capt. Samuel Nicholson, Original Member, first commanding officer of the USS Constitution 1798)
- Sons of the American Revolution Foundation
- Sons of the American Revolution
- Society of Colonial Wars
- Society of the Descendants of Washington's Army in Valley Forge
- Society of the War of 1812
- 32° Scottish Rite (K.C.C.H.)
- Cosmos Club (Washington, DC)
- Army Navy Club (Washington, DC)
Awards and recognitions
- 2014—Corporate Leadership Award, TechAmerica
- 2014—Semper Fidelis Award, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
- 2013—Admiral of the Navy George Dewey Award, Naval Order of the United States
- 2013—Ellis Island Medal of Honor, National Ethnic Coaltion of Organizations
- 2013—Nathan Hale Award, Reserve Officers Association of the United States
- 2012—Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards Hall of Fame
- 2011—U.S. Naval Postgraduate School Hall of Fame
- 2011—Arlington (Virginia) Business Hall of Fame
- 2010—Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureate
- 2007—Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award, Navy League of the United States
- 2005—Executive of the Year, Third Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards
- 2004—Technology Executive of the Year Award, Arlington, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
- 2004—Earle C. Williams Leadership in Technology Award, Northern Virginia Technology Council
- 2004—Eagle Award and Federal Computer Week's "Federal 100" list of IT leaders
- 2004—Albert Einstein Award for Technology Achievement in the Defense Fields
- 2003—John W. Dixon Award, Association of the United States Army
- 2003—Entrepreneur of the Year for Government IT Services, Ernst & Young
- 2003—CEO of the Year Award, George Washington University Executive MBA Program
- 2002—Establishment of the Dr. J. Phillip London Ethics in Business Award, Human Resources Leadership Awards of Greater Washington
- 2002—Outstanding Corporate Growth Award, Association for Corporate Growth, Washington, D.C., chapter (London and CACI)
- 2001—Outstanding examples of the free enterprise capitalist system in the U.S., Newcomen Society of the United States (London and CACI)
- 1996—Alumni Achievement Award, George Washington University
- 1995—High Tech Entrepreneur Award, KPMG Peat Marwick
- 1987—Alumni of the Year Award, George Washington University's School of Government and Business Administration
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