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Darryl Scott: Driving Business Impact and Shaping Culture

February 17th, 2022

Major General (ret.) Darryl Scott joined GDIT in November 2019, mere months before the world would become forever changed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and before civil justice would take center stage in America. How fortunate we were to have Darryl’s leadership and expertise make such a positive impact on GDIT during that time, and since.

Darryl arrived to GDIT with more than 40 years of experience in contracting, specifically in defense and aerospace acquisition policy. When the pandemic disrupted how our teams worked and how we served customers, Darryl and his team quickly mobilized to support necessary changes in contractual agreements across our federal, state, and local government customers. This enabled GDIT to implement flexible work arrangements and deploy new technologies in support of business and mission continuity.

As the pandemic continued to create uncertainty, Darryl also recognized that a significant portion of the workforce was experiencing stress and trauma as a result of persistent racial injustices in communities across the country. During the summer of 2020 and since, Darryl has served as a trusted partner to the GDIT leadership team, providing direction on employee engagement and communications, and shaping our diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy and related programs. For example, he was instrumental in shaping the curriculum for our Inclusive Leadership Workshops—coaching-based sessions that reached over 3,000 leaders, focused on strengthening inclusive leadership mindsets and skills.

Darryl is also the Executive Sponsor for the Black Employee Network (B.E.N.), a GDIT Employee Resource Group (ERG). Under his leadership B.E.N. has grown to become one of the largest of GDIT’s nine communities. The group facilitates weekly employee-led virtual chats that engage attendees in book discussions, conversations about current events, and in-depth examinations of mental health and well-being.

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Today, Darryl continues to ensure that taking care of our employees' mental and emotional well-being needs is top-of-mind, while we also address programmatic and policy gaps that persist. Whether in contracting, D&I, employee engagement or setting goals that push GDIT to be the very best organization it can be, the company made transformative changes due in large part to Darryl's advocacy and leadership.

Darryl is deeply committed and passionate about mentoring rising generations of leaders. He is an active mentor, and nearly two-thirds of his mentees are professional women. He believes strongly in the importance of advocating for, mentoring, and making space for people from underrepresented groups of any kind. Darryl also mentors current and transitioning military members as they navigate significant career changes following their service. As a result of his devotion to mentorship, Darryl has helped dozens of young leaders build careers and achieve executive status in government and industry.

Prior to joining GDIT, Darryl served as Commissioner on the Congressionally mandated Section 809 Acquisition Reform Panel, which identified significant and necessary changes to DoD acquisition methods. The panel identified acquisition best practices and ways to streamline acquisition regulations. When it concluded its work in July 2019, it had made 98 recommendations to Congress and the DoD.

Before his service on the panel, Darryl spent nearly a decade at Boeing after having concluded a distinguished 35-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Major General. In his final Air Force assignment, he served as Deputy Commander, Task Force to Support Business and Stability Operations in Iraq; Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Business Transformation), and Deputy Director, Defense Business Transformation Agency, for the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He received numerous individual, unit, and campaign awards during his distinguished military career.

Darryl has also served as Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Government Acquisition Council; and has served on the Aerospace Industries Association Procurement and Finance Council and the National Contract Management Association's board of directors. In addition, he is a frequent guest speaker and panel member across the industry and government for his expertise in government contracting and acquisition policy.

We are thrilled to have Darryl as an integral member of GDIT’s leadership, and we look forward to the many ways he will continue to share his wisdom, his commitment, and his passion with all of us.