Veteran Department of Defense official David Berteau is leaving his Pentagon job at the end of this month to become CEO of the Professional Services Council, the trade organization that represents government IT and services contractors, the group announced Tuesday.
Berteau is currently assistant secretary of Defense for logistics and materiel readiness, where he has worked for the last year developing U.S. military logistics policy and managing its $170 billion logistics operation, according to the Pentagon’s website.
He will replace Stan Soloway on March 28, PSC said. The former CEO left PSC in September to launch and run the consulting firm Celero Strategies LLC, and already congratulated Berteau with a tweet.
“Stan Soloway did a great job growing and improving the Council,” Berteau said in the released statement. “I’m eager to build on those accomplishments and to promote an open and competitive federal marketplace in which government benefits from the best solutions that industry has to offer.”
Berteau began his career at the DOD in 1981 working a variety of positions, including 11 years as a senior Defense Department official specializing in acquisition, logistics, personnel and budget.
Before his current stint as assistant secretary, Berteau worked at the Center Strategic and International Studies for six years, eventually moving up to senior vice president. He also worked at government contractor Science Applications International Corp. from 1993 to 2001.
Throughout the years, he has taught graduate courses at Georgetown University, Syracuse University, and the University of Texas at Austin.
“David’s outstanding work experience makes him an excellent fit for the job,” said John Goodman, chief operating office of Accenture Federal Services and incoming chairman and a member of the search committee of PSC. “Working with PSC’s talented team, David will maintain the association’s high standards and provide the leadership for even greater achievements in the future.”