PSC hires Navy acquisition exec to lead defense, intel committee

The Professional Services Council once again is expanding its staff and expertise. It is doing so, this time, by hiring Jerry Punderson, the outgoing director of contracts for the Naval Sea Systems Command, as its new senior vice president of defense and intelligence.

Punderson will join PSC Dec. 1 after spending 33 years working mostly for the Navy in acquisition.

“Jerry is a greatly respected contracting executive with admirers across the department and the private sector,” said Stan Soloway, PSC’s president and CEO, in a release. “I know Jerry’s depth of knowledge and experience will provide critical insights to our advocacy, education, and collaborative efforts.”

Punderson becomes the second high-ranking DoD official to come to PSC over the last six months. In May, PSC hired former DoD deputy chief information officer and assistant deputy chief management officer Dave Wennergren to be its senior vice president of technology policy.

The Defense and Intelligence Council (DIC) and IT council are two of a proposed set of five councils PSC is expanding into.

Neil Albert, vice chairman of MCR, LLC, is the DIC’s chairman. The council also includes 15 other industry executives.

Punderson comes to PSC after spending almost his entire career in Navy acquisition, where he is a senior civilian contracting officer for Naval Sea Command.

He is responsible for a multi-billion dollar portfolio that includes the nation’s most complex shipbuilding and weapons systems procurement programs, as well as the online services acquisition marketplace, SeaPort-e.

Punderson joined the civil service in 1981 as an intern for the Naval Electronic Systems Command, joined the Patent and Trademark Office in a contracting position before joining NAVSEA in 1985 as a contract negotiator.

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