ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Big data and analytics firm Govini announced today that public sector industry innovator Chris Taylor has joined the company as its CEO. Govini’s founder, Eric Gillespie, will become Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since its founding in 2013, Govini has become a top provider of market intelligence to federal contractors, federal agencies, private equity firms and hedge funds. It is known for its deep analysis of market trends and opportunities, including the annual “Federal Scorecard.”
Prior to joining Govini, Taylor founded tech startup Novitas Group, which provided a unique technology platform to help veterans find meaningful employment in the communities of their choice. He was also the CEO of Mission Essential, a large government services firm where he was named one of “15 to Watch” by GovCon Executive magazine.
Taylor, who holds an MBA from the College of William & Mary and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, is an adjunct associate professor of national security studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program, where he teaches “The Business of National Security” and “Hacking for Defense.” He has served as the Director of the Harvard Defense & Security Initiative and as a member of the Defense Leadership Project at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, where he co-authored “Transforming the National Security Culture.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, and the Board of Trustees of the American University of Afghanistan. Taylor also spent 14 years as an enlisted infantryman and Force Recon Marine.
“I’m incredibly excited to join Govini and build upon the tremendous success it has achieved in the market through its big data and analytics solutions,” said Taylor. “Govini has proven its ability to create tremendous value for federal contractors and for the government agencies they serve. Eric and I, and the Govini team, share a vision of entirely transforming the business of government by making it more data-driven and transparent to both vendors and agencies.”
Govini’s founder, Eric Gillespie, will become its Executive Chairman. He will devote his time to supporting Taylor and engaging closely with contractors and governments around the world, and will continue to support the business as a strategic thought leader and investor.
“Chris is an entrepreneurial executive with extensive experience in the business of government,” said Gillespie. “Chris’s understanding of Govini’s mission and his leadership in the national security sector make him a natural fit for the opportunities in front us, and a knowledgeable partner to the clients we serve. He is clearly the right leader for Govini’s future and he has the unanimous support of the Board of Directors.”
In addition to Gillespie, Govini's investors include legendary Silicon Valley firms Accel Partners, Salesforce Ventures, and Symphony Technology Group.
Arthur Patterson, Govini Director and Founding Partner at Accel Partners, said, “We are excited to have Chris as our CEO. Govini is a transformational company employing the latest analytics and machine learning technologies to bring true transparency to all aspects of the business of government. With Chris’ leadership we expect Govini to continue to have a major impact on the marketplace.”
Govini is the leading business intelligence platform for companies that sell to the public sector, the firms who invest in them, and the government agencies that procure goods and services from the private sector. Across the entire business development lifecycle, Govini is aggressively investing in the public sector market to give clarity to its clients as they navigate the business of government. Govini has offices in San Francisco, California and Arlington, Virginia.