Jean-Francois Blanc is the chief growth officer, responsible for driving strategic initiatives to grow revenue and expand market share for the Akima portfolio of companies. He oversees the company’s corporate development efforts to include capture, proposals, business intelligence, and marketing & communications.
Prior to joining Akima, Jean-Francois led IBM’s U.S. federal sales efforts for large and strategic contract pursuits. His responsibilities included leading the entire deal process, from competitive analysis and win strategy to solutioning, teaming, pricing, and proposal development. He also held prior leadership positions with IBM focusing on the defense and intelligence markets, with a strong focus on the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.
Trained as an industrial and nuclear engineer, Jean-Francois began his career in the shipbuilding/repair industry and held a nuclear engineering position with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard before providing consulting services to many Navy commands. He earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary as well as bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.