David Berteau will leave his post as assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness to become chief executive officer of the Professional Services Council (PSC), the trade group that represents nearly 400 federal services contractors announced this week.
Berteau, a frequent speaker at ADC events before he was confirmed to his current DOD post in December 2014, will assume his new role March 28. He replaces Stan Soloway, who led PSC for 15 years until stepping down last fall.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have as our new CEO someone with such a deep background in government services,” said PSC Chairman Ellen Glover, according to a written statement. “David has worked at high levels in government, in the private sector and in academia, always focusing on the heart of what PSC does.”
Berteau has worked in both government and industry. He served in the Pentagon in a variety of positions during the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1993, he served as the acting assistant secretary of defense for production and logistics, and from 1992 to 1993 he was the chairman for the Defense Conversion Commission.
From 1993-2001, Berteau worked at SAIC, including four years as a senior vice president. He was a consultant and director at Clark & Weinstock from 2003 to 2008. Afterward he joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he became senior vice president and director of the National Security Program on Industry and Resources.
Berteau told the Washington Business Journal that his time at PSC likely will focus on helping contractors and agencies find the best value in the face of tight fiscal constraints. “Those issues are permanent,” Berteau said.
Of course, keeping PSC’s members happy will be an overriding mission.
“The first foundational starting point is to understand the needs of the current members and provide a ways of meeting those needs so you retain the membership that you’ve got,” Berteau said. “There’s a lot of opportunity for growth because the federal government continues to expand what it needs from the commercial sector and from the private sector and as technology evolves.”