John B. Wood is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Telos Corporation, a leading provider of continuous security solutions for the world’s most security-conscious agencies and organizations. In these roles, he orchestrates the company’s support of corporations and government agencies worldwide in cyber, cloud, and enterprise security.
With the company since 1992, John is a leading voice on bringing together the private and public sectors to address cybersecurity issues. He is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity at industry and government events, and testified at a congressional committee hearing on “Cybersecurity: What the Federal Government Can Learn from the Private Sector.”
As CEO, John has diversified the company’s product portfolio and expanded its footprint to include commercial enterprises, the military, civilian and intelligence agencies of the federal government, and allied nations around the world. Under John’s leadership, Telos offerings have become the official messaging system of record for the Department of Defense and the database of record for the U.S. Intelligence Community.
During his tenure as CEO, Telos has been recognized as a leading cyber company, and is the recipient of the prestigious James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award from the Defense Security Service (DSS), awarded to less than one percent of eligible organizations.
An active member of the greater Washington, D.C. business community and a vocal champion of civic entrepreneurship, John was the founding chairman of the Loudoun County (Va.) CEO Cabinet, part of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, and served for five years as chairman of Loudoun County’s Economic Development Commission. In 2014, he was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Cyber Security Commission. He also serves on the boards of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
In addition to his work in technology, the local community and the arts, John’s philanthropic efforts support STEM education, humanitarian relief, children and more. In 2012, John was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a national organization that provides care and support for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. He also served 10 years on the Board of Directors of Project Rebirth, a nonprofit organization that serves veterans and first responders affected by tragic loss and celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit. Since 2011, Telos has provided funding for Trout Unlimited’s (TU) Veterans Service Partnership (VSP), a program that helps the veteran community find hope and healing through fly fishing and conservation. In 2017, John accepted Trout Unlimited’s Corporate Conservation Partner designation on behalf of Telos for the ongoing support of TU’s VSP.
John is the recipient of several industry awards, including Washingtonian Magazine’s “Tech Titans” in 2011, the SmartCEO Cornerstone Award in 2015, the Northern Virginia Chamber and Professional Services Council’s GovCon Executive of the Year in 2018, and NVTC’s Tech 100 Executives List in 2018. Before joining Telos in 1992, John worked on Wall Street after earning his degree in finance and computer science at Georgetown University.