Lloyd Howell, chief financial officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, told the Washington Business Journal in an interview published Friday that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the need to continue supporting investments in several technology areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud.
“Those investments were really with the recognition that given the aging information technology infrastructure of our clients, given the speed with which our clients needed to absorb vast amounts of information and make very critical decisions, AI was a real option that they were going to need to turn to,“ Howell said.
When asked about Booz Allen's response to the coronavirus pandemic, he mentioned the company's priorities driving its crisis response efforts and those are protecting the safety and health of employees and their families, providing services to clients and maintaining financial strength.
Howell discussed shifting nearly 90 percent of the workforce to telework during the pandemic, establishing a $100M resilience program in support of its employees and initiating some cost management efforts to fund the program.
He also provided updates on talent recruitment efforts and how the company supports intelligence agencies' critical missions during the crisis.