K. Stuart Shea

Chairman Emeritus

Stu Shea on April 15, 2014, stepped down as USGIF Chairman of the Board.

He was president and chief operating officer of Leidos, a $6 billion scientific, engineering, and technology company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world in national security, engineering, health, and cybersecurity. Shea was the principal architect of the creation of Leidos when he served as the COO of SAIC, an $11 billion FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology company. As COO, he led a team of 40,000 employees across 400 locations worldwide. Prior to being named COO, Shea led SAIC’s support to the national security community as president of the company’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group.

Shea was the founder and chairman of the board of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and the highly acclaimed GEOINT Symposium, and he also served as president and CEO for 10 years.

From 2005 to 2007, Shea led SAIC’s support to the U.S. Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Defense Intelligence Agency, and other elements of the intelligence community and Department of Defense (DoD). He provided mission support to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s special technology programs and the DoD’s critical space superiority programs, including offensive and defensive counter space operations.

In 2003, Shea was named as one of the 12 members of the National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community. He was appointed by the Speaker of the House, J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), in consultation with the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives, Porter J. Goss (R-FL).

From 1999 to 2005, Shea served as vice president, Northrop Grumman Corporation, in the TASC business unit as director, Space & Intelligence. In this role, he was responsible for the leadership of the support to the newly established Office of the Director of National Intelligence along with systems engineering and integration leadership for the NRO, NGA, and other elements of the intelligence community and Department of Defense. From 1993 to 1999, Shea was vice president and director, Imagery & Geospatial Systems at TASC, where he led the support to the NRO/Imagery Intelligence, National Imagery and Mapping Agency (Defense Mapping Agency, Central Imagery Office, and the National Photographic Interpretation Center), Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Department of Justice, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy. From 1987 to 1993, he led a number of technology programs with DMA and other federal and civil government and commercial clients.

From 1982 to 1987, Shea held several positions with PAR Technology Corporation, culminating as technical director, digital cartography, where he supported the DMA and U.S. Air Force. Prior to that, he was an imagery analyst and remote sensing specialist with the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Space Technology Center.

Shea currently serves as chairman of the board for two Leidos subsidiaries — CloudShield Technologies, Inc., and Science, Engineering and Technology Associates Corporation — and previously served as chairman of three others: bd Systems, Hicks & Associates, and SM Consulting. He is chairman of the board of the Campus Point Realty Corporation. He also is a member of the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Advisory Board, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Advisory Board, and the National Intelligence University Foundation Advisory Board, and he previously has served as a member of the advisory board of the University of Virginia’s Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the advisory board of Geospatial21/KidZ On-line. Shea also served as a member of the board of advisors of Paragon Technology Group, Inc., a small women-owned business. He is an internationally recognized author and has served on several major international refereed journal editorial boards.

He served as committee member, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Marine Board. He is a former national director, Cartography and Geographic Information Society, and a fellow with the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and he served as a member of the Sustaining Member Council for the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Shea is a 2009 recipient of the Federal Computer Week Fed100 award for the top executives in the IT industry and a 2013 inductee into the Executive Mosaic Washington 100, the premier group of leaders who drive innovation and growth at the intersection of the public and private sectors.

Shea received a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Arts from the University of Kansas. In addition, he is a graduate of numerous executive education programs, including the Darden School of the University of Virginia, Harvard Business School, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and The George Washington University’s School of Business and Public Management.