- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 7, 2006

In a large corporation, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture. That’s where Bob Mitchell comes in.

As group vice president for operations and chief information officer of GTSI Corp., an information technology contractor to government agencies, Mr. Mitchell is focused on integrating the Chantilly company’s various departments.

Before being named vice president in March, he served as chief information officer at GTSI. The promotion gives Mr. Mitchell oversight of more than a third of the company.

“The shift is pretty substantial,” he said of the new position. “It’s a much broader leadership role.”

Throughout his career, Mr. Mitchell has tried to experience as many aspects of business as possible by working in a wide range of capacities.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Mr. Mitchell joined National Instruments Corp., an Austin information technology company, as a software engineer. There, he witnessed the company grow from a startup into a large public corporation.

He also secured 11 patents in hardware and software design and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas in 1998.

Mr. Mitchell attained a managerial post at National Instruments and was involved in corporate marketing and branding by the time he left the company in 1999.

He then worked for a variety of companies, broadening his experience by working in investor relations and venture capital, before starting a consulting firm. He soon found himself consulting for GTSI and joined the company in 2002.

“Bob has done such an outstanding job,” said Jim Leto, president and chief executive officer of GTSI. “I am confident that he can meet the challenges head-on and be very successful.”

As vice president at GTSI, Mr. Mitchell said his greatest challenge will be keeping the company unified.

“Departments tend to silo,” he said. “They tend to want to operate only within themselves.”

The solution, he said, is to keep everyone focused on the company’s interests as a whole.

Mr. Mitchell, 41, lives in Centreville with his wife, Melanie.

— Walter Frick

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