Board of Directors
Executive Vice President, Global Defense Group Leader
Booz Allen Hamilton
Karen Dahut is an executive vice president leading Booz Allen Hamilton's Global Defense business. She serves on the firm's Executive Management Committee and reports directly to the CEO. As the leader of this 10,000-person organization, Dahut directs the strategy and delivery of the firm's strategic, technology, cyber and analytics solutions to both commercial clients and leading defense agencies. Booz Allen Hamilton commercial clients include S&P 100 corporations in automotive, retail, life sciences, financial services and energy. Defense clients include leading Defense Agencies and the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Aerospace and Joint Combatant Commands. In this role, Dahut also serves on the Boards of Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Holding Co., LLC and Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services, LLC.
As a C-suite executive, Dahut previously served as group leader for the firm's $2B Civil Commercial Group (CCG). As the lead of this 5,000-person organization, Dahut directed the strategy and delivery of the firm's strategic, technology, cyber and analytics solutions to both commercial clients and leading federal civilian agencies, including health, finance and homeland security agencies and departments.
Dahut has also served as Booz Allen Hamilton's chief innovation officer. In this role, she imagined, built and led the firm's $500M, 2,000-person Strategic Innovation Group (SIG). Established in 2012, the SIG builds the firm's business around innovative, next-generation cloud, cyber, data science and digital technologies. She created game-changing businesses to transform client enterprises and create new growth avenues for the firm. In addition, she established the firm's Strategic Alliances program, creating imaginative, exclusive relationships with top technology companies and the startup community and placing Booz Allen at the center of the world's innovation ecosystem.
Additionally, Dahut has led Booz Allen's 5,500-person analytics business, creating and delivering world-class big data solutions for clients across both the commercial and public sectors. Before that, Dahut was the firm's market leader for their $1 billion U.S. Navy and Marine Corps business, involving staff and engagements in 25 locations worldwide. Prior to joining Booz Allen, she was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served as the controller for the Navy's premier biomedical research institute.
Dahut is a celebrated and recognized public speaker and author on topics ranging from next-generation technology solutions and data science to innovation and diversity. She is a director on the Tech Data Corporation Board and serves on the Audit and Technology and Cyber committees. Dahut is also a Board Member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. She received a B.S. in business finance from Mount St. Mary's University and an M.S. from the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California.