Board of Directors

Anne Altman

Chairman of the Board

Anne Altman is a respected global business leader having worked for IBM for over three decades addressing complex business challenges within the government and commercial industries. Notably, she re-established IBM as a major force in the U.S. Federal market. She also led the company’s mainframe business, System z, through one of the most significant product launches in the history of the industry. Ms. Altman is known for her business success having managed global P&L’s and large business units.She is widely recognized for the development, growth and mentoring of leaders both within IBM and the business community.

Ms. Altman retired from IBM as General Manager, IBM U.S Federal and Government Industries.In that role, Ms. Altman was responsible for IBM’s multi-billion business with Federal Government Clients and related industries in the United States. Prior to that role she served as General Manager for IBM’s Public Sector with global responsibilities for government, healthcare, life sciences, and education. In this capacity, she also led IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative, helping organizations, states and countries focus on transforming infrastructure, citizen based services, healthcare and education all directed at improving economic vitality.

Ms. Altman joined IBM in 1981 as a systems engineer.She distinguished herself as a technology strategist who leveraged the intersections of technologies and services to meet the unique needs of government and private sector clients resulting in improved services to citizens and increased efficiencies and effectiveness of client missions.

Ms. Altman is a recipient of the prestigious Eagle Award, one of the highest honors issued to technology partners serving the Federal market.In 2014, she was selected by the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards, “Executive of the Year”, for her outstanding contributions to the information technology industry and its clients.Additionally, she has been recognizedwith a number of prestigious awards including:Federal Computer Week’s Top Federal 100, Washingtonian Magazine Top Tech Titans, Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women,the AFFIRM Leadership Award for Industry, and the CIO Council’s Azimuth Award for the Industry Executive of the Year, the Lifetime Achievement Heroines award from the March of Dimes and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association,the 2013 IES and BD Lifetime Achievement Award and theGeorge Mason University School of BusinessAlumna of the Year.

In 2017, Ms. Altman co-founded Everyone Matters, Ventures, an organization focused on citizen based services, healthcare, education and the advancement of individuals and social causes.

Ms. Altman also serves as an independent director on the boards of SPXFLOW, Charlotte, NC;Maximus Inc., Reston VA;and Techflow Inc., San Diego, CA.Across these boards, she serves as a member of Audit, Compensation, Nominating and Governance, and Information Technology committees.She also serves on the Board of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Dean’s Council of George Mason University, School of Business, and the Advisory Boards of Atlas Research and Information International Associates.She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).She is active with the innovation community as a board member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and is a regular contributor to publications and media outlets including the television show, Government Matters.IBM selected Ms. Altman as a member of the corporate Performance Team, Growth and Transformation Team and a founding Advisor to the Industry Academy. Ms. Altman holds a BS in Marketing from George Mason University.

Lieutenant General John Sylvester

United States Army, Retired

Lieutenant General John B. Sylvester's last duty position was Chief of Staff, Headquarters, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. He assumed that duty on November 4, 2002 and relinquished it on August 2, 2004. He retired on October 1, 2004 after more than 36 years of active service. He is now a business leader in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lieutenant General Sylvester began his service as a private soldier and was commissioned from Infantry OCS as an Armor officer in 1968. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. His military service includes small unit leadership in Vietnam, four different Company level Commands, Battalion Command on the Inter-German border during the Cold War, Brigade Command during Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, three tours as a general officer in Bosnia culminating in US and NATO Command of over 35,000 troops from 37 Nations, five tours in Germany and the Netherlands, and a wide variety of troop and staff assignments in the United States.

His service with soldiers includes: Platoon Leader and later Commander, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 13th Armor; Platoon Leader, and later Squadron Motor Officer, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Vietnam; Commander, C Company, 5th Battalion, 33rd Armor; Commander, Troop I, 17th Cavalry; Platoon Leader, Air Cavalry Troop and later Commander, E Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; G3 Operations, Allied Forces Central Europe Reserve Corps; S3, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division; Commander, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor, 8th Infantry Division; Commander, Tiger Brigade, 2nd Armored Division, Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM; Commander, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; Assistant Division Commander (Support and then Maneuver), 1st Infantry Division; and Commander, Stabilization Force (SFOR), Operation JOINT FORGE, Bosnia- Herzegovina.

His staff assignments include: Senior Maneuver Instructor, United States Army Field Artillery School; Instructor, Department of Military Instruction, United States Military Academy at West Point; Special Assistant to the Commanding General and Chief of Staff, 8th Infantry Division; Director, Unit Training, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Director, Command and Staff Department and later Chief of Staff, United States Army Armor School; Director of Center for Army Tactics, United States Army Command and General Staff College; Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2/G-3 (Operations), Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps, Germany and Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, Bosnia; Director of Operations, Allied Forces Central Europe, The Netherlands; Assistant Chief of Staff for Military Operations SFOR (Sarajevo), Operation JOINT GUARD, Bosnia; Deputy Chief of Staff for Training, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Chief of Staff, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command and Chief of Staff, United States European Command.

Lieutenant General Sylvester's awards include: four Defense Distinguished Service Medals; two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star; three awards of the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device; the Bronze Star Medal; four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal; four awards of the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the Army Aviator Badge; the National Order of Merit of France and the Gold Order of Service to the Hungarian Republic.

Robert B. Coutts

Executive Vice President, Electronic Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation (Retired)

Robert B. Coutts retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation as the Executive Vice President of the Electronic Systems Business Area on April 1, 2008. He was promoted to this position in October 1999 and was responsible for the Corporation's $12 billion Electronic Systems business area. He previously was President and Chief Operating Officer of the $7 billion Systems Integration business area, having been appointed to that position in September 1998. Earlier, Coutts was President of Lockheed Martin Government Electronic Systems in Moorestown, New Jersey. He was elected an officer of the Corporation by the Lockheed Martin Board of Directors in December 1996. Coutts was also a member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin Finance Corporation, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc., Lockheed Martin UK and Lockheed Martin Espana.

Coutts was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sandia Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporate which manages Sandia National Laboratories for the Department of Energy) in 2007. He retained this position until his retirement in April 2008.

Coutts joined Aero & Naval Systems of Lockheed Martin as President in August 1994. Previously, he served as Vice President, Material Acquisition and Subcontract Management for Martin Marietta, where he supported 15 locations across the major aerospace groups of the Corporation.

Prior to joining Martin Marietta during the GE Aerospace merger in 1993, Coutts served as General Manager of the GE Aerospace Operations Syracuse-Utica Division, where he was responsible for the production of radar and sonar systems representing more than $400 million in annual sales.

He began his career at the General Electric Corporation in 1972. After graduating from the GE Manufacturing Management Program (MMP) he held two positions in Lynn, Massachusetts before moving to the Carboloy Division of General Electric, first in Michigan and then as a Plant Manager in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Coutts returned to the Aircraft Engine Group in 1983 and held managerial positions in Albuquerque, New Mexico before becoming the Plant Manager at Aircraft Engine's turbine component facility in Madisonville, Kentucky.

In 1989, he joined the Aircraft Engine Production Division Staff in Evendale, Ohio as Manager of Inventory and Asset Management, where he remained until becoming General Manager of the GE Aerospace Operations Syracuse-Utica Division.

A native of Westbury, New York, Coutts holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) from Tufts University.

Coutts has maintained a strong personal commitment to the community and civic organizations in the areas where he has lived and worked. He is a member of the board of directors of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and he also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Maryvale Preparatory School, the Board of Overseers, College of Engineering, Tufts University, the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary and as a member of the Chapter of the National Cathedral.

He also serves on the boards of Pall Corporation [NYSE: PLL] and its Compensation Committee, The Stanley Black and Decker Corporation [NYSE: SWK] as Chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee, and as a member of its Finance and Pension Committee and on the board of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. [NYSE: HOV] and on its Compensation Committee.

Barbara Humpton

President & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

Barbara Humpton serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., a federally-compliant U.S. organization and leading integrator of Siemens’ innovative products, technologies and services for programs and requirements at federal government agencies and departments in the areas of energy generation, transmission, distribution and efficiency, infrastructure modernization, industrial applications and healthcare. Mrs. Humpton is also an Officer/Director member of the Board of Directors of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

Prior to joining Siemens, Humpton served as a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a Vice President at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential.

Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in Mathematics. She serves on the Government Contracts Advisory Board of the George Washington University Law School. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband David.

Ralf Christian

CEO Energy Management Division of Siemens AG

Born on February 28, 1964 in Bad Nauheim, Germany


Master of Science and Business Administration (Dipl.-Wirtsch.Ing), University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Professional History

  • 1989 Siemens Corporate Research, Inc., Princeton, U.S. - Software Engineer
  • 1990 Siemens AG, Corporate Development, Munich, Germany - Project Manager – Corporate Strategy
  • 1993 Siemens AG, Drives and Products Group, Erlangen, Germany - Head of Product Management & Business Development
  • 1995 Siemens AG, Automation & Drives Group, Erlangen, Germany - General Manager Low Voltage Circuit Protection Subdivision
  • 1998 GE Electrical Distribution & Control, Barcelona, Spain - Director Technology IEC Industrial Control and Protection
  • 1999 GE Industrial, Longarone - Venice, Italy - General Manager GE Procond, Appliance & Automotive Controls
  • 2001 GE Industrial, Power Controls Division, Barcelona, Spain - General Manager of Electrical Distribution Business Unit
  • 2004 Siemens AG, Power Transmission and Distribution Group, Erlangen, Germany - CEO High Voltage Division
  • 2008 Siemens AG, Energy Sector, Erlangen, Germany - CEO Power Distribution Division
  • 2011 Siemens AG, Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Erlangen, Germany - CEO Low and Medium Voltage Division
  • Since October 2014 Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany - CEO Energy Management Division

Axel Meier

CFO, Building Technologies Division, SIEMENS AG

Since January 2015 Axel Meier is the CFO of the Building Technologies Division, a market leader for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As a technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for fire protection, life safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning as well as energy management. Axel Meier leads all aspects of financial management, IT, procurement and logistics for the division of Siemens AG.

Prior to his appointment, Meier was Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Industry, Inc., a multi-billion dollar entity with 22,000 employees throughout the United States. Siemens Industry, Inc. included the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector and the Siemens Industry Sector.

The responsibility encompassed the North American operations of both Siemens sector businesses and its nine divisions.

From 2004 to 2009, Meier served as the CFO of Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., where he contributed to the company’s unprecedented growth and profitability, and oversaw one of the largest SAP implementations in Siemens corporate history.

Between 2000 and 2004 he served as the CFO of the San Diego-based U.S. headquarters of Siemens Information and Communications Mobile, LLC, where, among other accomplishments, he was instrumental in the company’s turnaround.

Meier joined Siemens in 1988 as a financial analyst for Siemens AG in Bocholt, Germany. His broad experience and financial systems acumen led to positions of increasing responsibility within the telecommunications-related businesses of Siemens AG, and resulted in his 1997 appointment to Vice President of Business Administration, Siemens Information and Communication, Mobile.

Meier earned his Diplom-Kaufmann, a financial business management degree, from University Gesamthochschule, Siegen, Germany after serving in the German military. He and his wife Petra currently reside in Switzerland, the International Headquarters of the Division Building Technologies.