Retired Lt. General, Army, Independent Consultant
Otto J. Guenther (Lieutenant General, Retired) joins SNVC's Board after a distinguished 34-year military career, which included serving as the Army's first chief information officer, and was followed by nearly a decade of exceptional leadership within industry. Key assignments included: commanding general for Fort Monmouth, NJ , and the Communications Electronics Command; program executive officer for the Army's tactical communications equipment; project manager for the Tactical Automated Data Distribution System, and commander for the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council.
He retired from Northrop Grumman Mission Systems on June 30, 2006, where he served as Sector Vice President and General Manager of Tactical Systems Division. While there, he oversaw battlefield digitization, command and control, and system engineering activities for the U.S. Army. He worked to expand Mission Systems' capabilities to the Marine Corps as well as Friendly Land Forces through Foreign Military Sales. Under his leadership, the Division grew to approximately 1650 employees located in several key customer locations with over $700 million in acquisitions.
Before joining TRW (which was acquired by Northrop Grumman in December 2002), Mr. Guenther previously was general manager of Computer Associates International's Federal Systems Group, a $300 million operation providing IT products and services to the federal market area.
The Army has awarded Mr. Guenther several honors, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal. Recognized for his work with industry, he received numerous awards, among which are those from Government Computer News Hall of Fame as well as several Armed Forces Communications Electronics recognition and support awards.