Shawn Purvis is vice president and chief information officer for Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this role, she leads and executes all aspects of Northrop Grumman’s internal IT strategy and related responsibilities, and provides direction as the IT organization partners with customers and suppliers on innovative solutions that contribute to value delivery, user experience, and risk management.
Ms. Purvis has more than 20 years of experience in the intelligence, information systems and defense industries. Prior to her current position she served as sector vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman’s former Cyber division, and was responsible for delivering full-spectrum cyber and security solutions to intelligence, defense and civilian customers globally.
Ms. Purvis joined Northrop Grumman in 2012 serving as vice president of the Integrated Intelligence Systems (IIS) business unit in the company’s former Intelligence Systems division. In this role, Ms. Purvis was responsible for all aspects of the IIS business, including strategy, growth, customer relationships and program execution. The division had broad capabilities centered on delivering information technology solutions to solve key customer processing, exploitation and dissemination requirements.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Ms. Purvis held positions of increasing scope and responsibility with SAIC. She served as senior vice president of SAIC’s Processing Exploitation and Dissemination Operation in the Intelligence Systems business unit, where she was responsible for managing all aspects of the business, including software and systems programs, and network operations.
Ms. Purvis maintains strong involvement in the community as evidenced by two years of service as a board member on the Northern Virginia Family Services Council and two years as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Prince William County, Virginia. Additionally, Ms. Purvis is Northrop Grumman’s executive sponsor of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She was appointed to the George Mason University Board of Visitors in 2015 and is an active member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Cyber Council. In 2014, Ms. Purvis received the Managerial Leadership award at the 19th annual Women of Color STEM Conference.
Ms. Purvis earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Hampton University and a master’s degree in information systems from George Mason University. She also earned a program management certification and graduated from the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.