Jack London (businessman)
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|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 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 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 "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).