Former Commerce CIO Szykman lands in the private sector

Former Commerce Department chief information officer Simon Szykman has found a new home in the private sector.

Szykman is joining Attain as its chief technology officer of the federal services division, the company announced Oct. 24.

Simon Szykman (File photo)
In that new role, Szykman will oversee Attain’s federal offerings, including its corporate alliances and strategies to get its products to market.

Attain is a management, technology and strategy consulting firm that grew in part out of BearingPoint public sector and is led by former head of Unisys Federal Greg Baroni and John O’Neil, also a former Unisys executive.

Szykman becomes the third major hire for Attain in 2014. It also brought on Tip Underwood in May as a managing director within its Federal Services division focusing on national security agencies. In May, the company also hired Bob Evans as a managing director. He will focus on the higher education and academic medical centers division by establishing a new financial aid management and student services practice.

In fiscal 2014, Attain held 65 prime contracts worth more than $51 million, according to data in

Szykman joins the company after spending the last seven years working at the Commerce Department, first as the CIO at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for three years and the last four as headquarters CIO.

He announced in February he’d be leaving government for the private sector and stayed at Commerce until a new CIO was hired and had time to adjust. Commerce hired Steve Cooper as its new CIO in June.

“I am very excited to have joined Attain, having been highly impressed by not only their technical competencies but more importantly the commitment of its leadership to serving clients, mentoring and developing talent, and building a company that will endure for the long term,” said Szykman in a release. “I’m looking forward to providing strategic technology leadership to the company, and helping to bring Attain’s capabilities to bear on the government’s most pressing challenges.”


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