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Industry Veteran Shawn Wells Appointed to Accenture Federal Cybersecurity Function; MG Aaron Faulkner Quoted

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Former CrowdStrike executive Shawn Wells has been added to the cybersecurity division at Accenture’s federal business.

In his new role, Wells will leverage over 20 years of elite cybersecurity knowledge and experience, the Arlington, Virginia-based company said Wednesday.

Aaron Faulkner, managing director of the Accenture Federal Services cybersecurity practice, said that Wells possesses “a successful track record of solutions architecture across all sectors of the federal government.”

“His ability to make cutting-edge, commercial innovations enterprise-ready for federal agencies will prove an outstanding value-add for our client portfolio,” Faulkner continued.

The executive’s new position will require him to utilize his familiarity with the cyber threat anticipation, constructing systems to combat attacks and scaling the overall program.

Wells began his career as a technician at the web host startup Toadnet before moving on to the public sector, working for a year as a computer programmer and Java/PHP developer for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Later on, he began a 12-year stint at Red Hat, where he worked primarily with the company’s government-facing business. He held positions such as practice lead of global system Z sales, strategy and marketing and director of innovation programs in the U.S. public sector wing.

Wells ended his time at Red Hat as senior principal and chief security strategy specialist for U.S. public sector clients, for which he was awarded WashingtonExec Magazine’s Pinnacle Award for Cyber Industry Executive of the Year in 2019.

Most recently, Wells was global vice president of solution architecture at CrowdStrike, where he oversaw and directed the international technical presales organization, which is responsible for all of the company’s partner sourced revenue. He also presided over a worldwide, multi-continent solution architecture leadership.

“I particularly look forward to advancing Accenture Federal Services’ continued investments to commercialize and drive cutting-edge solution architectures at scale,” Wells commented.

The appointment of Wells follows AFS’ February hire of Michael Scruggs as lead of applied intelligence.