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Shelley Sanders Tapped to Oversee Customer Relations as SVP at Intelligent Waves; CEO Tony Crescenzo Quoted

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Shelley Sanders, a former CACI executive, has been named senior vice president of client operations at the fast-growing government contracting firm Intelligent Waves.

In her new role, Sanders will be in charge of overseeing IW’s customer relations through the administration of proactive, outwardly-focused program and project management departments, the Reston, Virginia-headquartered company said Friday.

“We are thrilled to add Shelley Sanders, a high-caliber industry professional with a proven track record and profound understanding of IW’s growth objectives, to our executive management team,” commented Tony Crescenzo, CEO and president of IW.

The newly hired executive’s career began in the U.S. Army, serving in the Special Operations Command. Subsequently, she spent time at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, earning a Top Secret / SCI security clearance and accruing experience that would eventually inform her stint working closely with the U.S. Intelligence Community at CACI.

Sanders rose the ranks from program manager to vice president during her total of six years with CACI. She liaised with customers in the IC as well as the Department of Defense and other national government-level agencies, aiming to enable digital transformation for national security and government processes.

Sanders reportedly brings a deep knowledge of government and acquisition policies and procedures to IW, along with an expertise in program and portfolio management and execution; technology infrastructure management; and capture and business development.

Her cross-functional team partnerships have produced top and bottom line growth, which are slated to complement the growth IW has already seen during the last year. She is skilled in budget management and is known to handle contracts exceeding $100 million in value and direct several programs in a portfolio at once.

The appointment of Sanders follows a couple of key personnel changes within IW’s executive leadership team in 2022. In June, Amy Wood was promoted to chief financial officer and in January, Crescenzo rose to the CEO position in place of the company’s founder Jared Shepard (who is still its current board chair).