GSA’s Top Innovation Executive makes the jump back to industry

“Xerox (NYSE: XRX) announced today the appointment of Joanne Collins Smee as chief commercial officer and a member of the company’s Executive Committee, effective immediately.”

“Collins Smee will be responsible for sales excellence, channel strategy, order to cash and technology, services, software, and future solutions offerings. This includes delivering compelling offerings through effective and enabled routes to market with a seamless order to cash process for our clients…” Read the full announcement here.

Source: Xerox Names Joanne Collins Smee Chief Commercial Officer, September 10, 2018. CORPORATE,

G2X TAKE:  After spending just a year with Government, this technology executive, who has been responsible for leading high-profile initiatives such as 18F, The Presidential Innovation Fellows, the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence and Office of Programs and Products, has rejoined industry.

Joanne Collins Smee will bring great perspective to her new role as Chief Commercial Officer with Xerox, from both her time at GSA and her more than a dozen years before that as a global executive with IBM where she led client sales, support, and delivery of technical products and services, most recently serving as General Manager leading Application Innovation Consulting.

Joanne Collins Smee announced she was leaving GSA in late July, with rising GSA leader Kelly Olson tapped to serve as the as the Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service and the Director of the Technology Transformation Service.

Per Federal News Radio, “As chief of staff, Olson worked closely with Collins Smee to implement the Centers of Excellence initiative with the Agriculture Department as well as help with strategic initiative across TTS around 18F, Presidential Innovation Fellows and with the Office of Products and Programs.” – Read the full article here.

Those looking to hear more from Kelly may want to check out tomorrow’ breakfast event focused on Strategic Issues in Modernization with leaders from DHS, USDA, CMS, the State Department, as well as this new GSA Exec. Details here.


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