President & CEO
Promod Sharma is the President and CEO of Criterion Systems. Promod is responsible for setting the strategic direction, creating and modelling the company culture, building and leading the senior executive team, and allocating capital to the company’s priorities.
He co-founded the company in 2005 as a Federal government contractor with a focus on providing cybersecurity services to three Federal agencies. In recent years, Criterion has been recognized multiple times as one of the fastest growing businesses in the DC region, delivering on the promise of his vision. In 2019, Mr. Sharma won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Mid-Atlantic region in the category of cybersecurity.
A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Sharma has enjoyed a successful career in the information technology industry. He has managed numerous mergers and acquisitions and led high growth IT services companies. Mr. Sharma is skilled at building strong, motivated teams and corporate cultures that achieve exceptional results.
Prior to founding Criterion Systems, Mr. Sharma served as President and CEO of CNSI, a government technology services and solutions company. He also co-founded ID DataWeb. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sharma held senior level positions at INET, EDS, and Genesys Corporation. He is also the founder and CEO of Abolish Child Trafficking (ACT) Now Inc., a humanitarian initiative that focuses on combating child trafficking in the Washington metropolitan area.
Mr. Sharma obtained a B.S. in Physics with Honors from Delhi University (India) and a M.S. in Finance from the London School of Economics. He is a Certified Chartered Accountant from England.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Co-Founder
Steve Mast is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for the financial, compliance, and administrative functions of Criterion.
Mr. Mast is a seasoned executive with financial management experience in both public and private information technology firms. He has extensive government contracting experience and has managed numerous mergers and acquisitions as well as equity and debt offerings. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has served as the CFO of several technology and government services firms.
Mr. Mast obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Delaware where he graduated first in the class.
Co-Founder & Board Member
David Coxe is a Criterion Systems co-founder and a board member, serving as an advisor on strategic development and investment initiatives.
He is also the President and CEO of ID DataWeb, Inc., a federated identity management software company providing infrastructure and applications to securely and privately share data across corporate trust boundaries using Web services. In this role, Mr. Coxe works with industry participants including government agencies, lawyers, policy makers, and business leaders to design, build, and use online identity solutions and trust framework ecosystems.
Mr. Coxe obtained a B.S. in Engineering with Honors and Distinction in 1978 from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Charlie Doyle is the Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for revenue growth, successful execution of program operations, and customer relationships across Criterion’s Civilian and Defense Business Operations Divisions.
Before joining Criterion, Mr. Doyle held progressive senior leadership roles overseeing IT portfolios at SAIC and Raytheon over a 25+ year career supporting the Federal government. He has managed day-to-day operations of programs, divisions and business areas with sales in excess of $100M annually during his career.
Mr. Doyle is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2010, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration: Computer Information Systems from Bloomfield College.
Chief Strategy Officer
Ms. Marcie Cheney is the Chief Strategy Officer. She is responsible for charting the company’s growth strategy, and leads Business Development, Capture Management, Proposal Management, and Marketing.
Prior to Criterion, Ms. Cheney directed media relations and supported integrated marketing programs for a small technical solutions company. She also was a corporate communications manager where she led media and analyst relations activities. And finally, she led account teams and developed communications strategies for business and technology clients at three different communications firms.
Ms. Cheney has a B.A. in Government and History from Bowdoin College. She recently served as President of the Maine State Society Foundation and is active with The Women’s Center (TWC).
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Bob Heckman is the Chief Information Officer overseeing Criterion’s technology-related strategies and initiatives. He works with the IT organization and a seasoned executive team to deliver reliable, high-performance IT systems and infrastructure. He is charged with identifying cost and productivity improvements, developing security frameworks for IT assets, increasing IT process maturity, and improving integration. He evaluates technologies and designs technical architectures to manage complexity and increase business agility.
Mr. Heckman is a graduate of the Air Force Communication Electronics School and Marine Corps Communication Electronics School. He also attended the School of Electrical Engineering at Ohio University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and member of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2).
Mr. Heckman is a Cyber Division Member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and a previous Cyber Committee Board Member for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).
Chief Information Security Officer
Mr. Dan Chandler is Criterion’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and cybersecurity solutions architect. As CISO, he directs and approves the design of security systems; reviews and approves cybersecurity policies, controls, and cyber incident response planning; identifies risks and actionable plans to protect the business; makes sure cybersecurity policies and procedures are communicated to all personnel and that compliance is enforced; and briefs the executive team on status and risks.
As a cybersecurity solutions architect, he supports service offering development and provides business development, capture, and proposal activities involving cybersecurity and privacy requirements. Mr. Chandler provides strategic leadership for the company’s information security programs to ensure that they are aligned with Criterion’s technology capabilities.
Mr. Chandler is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a retired U.S. Army officer, and a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He received his M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College; a professional certification as a Post-Graduate Intelligence Professional (PGIP); and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Authorization Profession (CAP), and Project Management Professional (PMP). Since retiring from the military, Dan has been active in the cybersecurity and privacy fields for more than 21 years.
Vice President, Senior Program Manager
Mr. John Pross brings 15 years of Federal government contracting and 25 years of military experience to Criterion. His expertise is in large program management and cybersecurity/risk management and he plays an important leadership role as deputy for Criterion’s civilian operations. He also supports organizational maturity (CMMI and ISO), including the initial development of various project management checklists.
Mr. Pross has a long and distinguished military record. He served for more than 25 years as a United States Marine Corp (USMC) fighter pilot and flew F4s & F/A-18s in the operational forces. Mr. Pross joined Criterion from SRA International, Inc. in 2013. He has a B.S. in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is PMP and CISSP certified.
For the past several years, Mr. Pross has been a PMI Washington DC Chapter Mentor, where he focuses on helping veterans transition into civilian life. In 2019, he was a NOVA Chamber Distinguished Service Awards Veteran Employee of the Year Award finalist and he spoke at the RSA Public Sector Day on Quantifying Risk Management.
Mr. Pross is active in his community, serving as a Deacon at the Haymarket Baptist Church (Vice Chair) and a board member for Magnificent Oaks Ministries, a non-profit, Christian battered women’s support organization.
Vice President, Civilian Programs
Mr. Bakul Chibber is Criterion’s vice president of civilian programs. An experienced program management executive, he works closely with Criterion COO Charlie Doyle to oversee a portfolio of Federal civilian programs. He is also responsible for identifying areas of growth/new business and enhancing Criterion’s program management processes and procedures.
Mr. Chibber joined Criterion from IBM Corporation where he was the Executive-in-Charge of the Program Management Office (PMO) for the AT&T account. He is known for driving business success for both the enterprise and the customer by building strong relationships, supporting transparent communications, and anticipating and resolving issues. He is also recognized as an impactful mentor, empowering team members to achieve their professional goals.
Mr. Chibber has an Executive Project Manager Certification from IBM, is PMP certified, and has an MBA in finance and international business from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a strong supporter of our military and has mentored many returning service women and men for assimilation and re-entry into the civilian work force. Mr. Chibber lives in Maryland with his wife. As a father of two grown daughters, he is passionate about education and advancement for women. His other interests include off-the-beaten path travel, nature, and golf.
Mr. Jerry Black is Criterion’s vice president responsible for the company’s presence in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and will continue as Criterion’s key executive for this Department. He also helps support Criterion’s growth in other Federal civilian agencies. Mr. Black is the program manager for Criterion’s U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Information Technology Support Services (DAITSS) contract.
Mr. Black has more than 30 years of professional experience in planning, supervising, and information technology strategy. Before joining Criterion, he was the Assistant Director in the Chief Information Office for the US Forest Service where he provided national leadership in formulating and executing policies and programs supporting more than 30,000 users. Prior to that, Mr. Black was the SES Acting Associate CIO for Client Technology Services (CTS) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer for the USDA. In this position, he led a department of over 1,000 employees in providing quality IT services and products for USDA.
Mr. Black has a M.A., Public Administration, from Central Michigan University in Washington, DC, and a B.A., Political Science, with a Minor in History from Radford University. He is the past governor of the Dale City Fraternal Order of Moose and involved in various community projects. He has two children and a fiancée.
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Intelligence Solutions
Mr. Ross Deem is a vice president and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Criterion’s Intelligence Solutions business unit. He was the founder, Vice President of Operations, and CTO of Realm Consulting, which was recently acquired by Criterion. Realm exclusively served the Intelligence Community (IC) for 20 years in software development, network and systems engineering, and cybersecurity. He brings this experience to Criterion to help the company grow its footprint in the IC.
Prior to Realm, Mr. Deem held engineering and management positions at GCI and TASC. He holds a PhD/ABD Engineering from George Mason University. He is married to his wife Lydia (former President of Realm), has six children (all married), and 16 grandchildren.
Vice President, Intelligence Solutions
Mr. John Abromavage is a vice president of Criterion’s Intelligence Solutions business unit. He is responsible for the unit’s operations and growth in the Intelligence Community.
Mr. Abromavage comes to Criterion by way of acquisition of Realm Consulting, Inc. where he was a partner and vice president of strategy. Prior to Realm, he was a vice president responsible for operations for ManTech’s CIA IT business unit of $60 million. This was preceded by 18 years of progressive levels of responsibility starting as a CIA staffer for the Office of Communications.
Mr. Abromavage obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering under the Cooperative Education Program from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University. He also is an AWS-certified Associate Solution Architect and Developer.
Vice President, Intelligence Solutions
William Monas is a vice president of Criterion’s Intelligence Solutions business unit. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Protas Solutions, which was recently acquired by Criterion. Protas is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Criterion, providing data science, software engineering, and management consulting services to the Intelligence Community (IC). Mr. Monas is responsible for business development.
Mr. Monas has had a successful two-decade career serving as a management consultant and business leader with large and medium sized companies. He excels at solving business and mission problems by defining innovative technical solutions and then assembling and leading high-performance teams that design, build and implement those solutions.
Vice President, Intelligence Solutions
Mr. Anthony Monas is a vice president of Criterion’s Intelligence Solutions business unit. He was the President and Chief Technology Officer of Protas Solutions, which was recently acquired by Criterion. Protas is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Criterion, providing data science, software engineering, and management consulting services to the Intelligence Community (IC). Mr. Monas is responsible for solutions and intellectual capital development.
Mr. Monas has focused his successful career on architecting and building innovative, value-driven solutions for a variety of clients. His technical experience and skills, coupled with his business insight and analytical abilities, allow him to define and develop the right solution for the target problem.
Vice President & Controller
Mr. Rick Williams has served as Criterion’s controller for more than a decade, ensuring the accuracy of the company’s financials. In 2021, he was promoted to Vice President. Over the past few years, he has concentrated on increasing the maturity of Criterion’s financial processes and infrastructure, establishing a strong foundation for future rapid growth.
A seasoned financial executive with more 30 years of experience, Mr. Williams has held positions as Chief Financial Officer or Controller at several IT Federal government contractors as well as a non-profit trade association.
Mr. Williams consistently strives to support all employees and approaches every activity with a “can do” attitude. Recognizing how much he exemplifies excellence in corporate support, he was recognized as the Criterion Corporate Employee of the Year in 2019.
Mr. Williams has a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Eastern Mennonite University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He lives in a restored farmhouse originally built in 1888 near Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and sons. He is active in his church and other non-profit organizations in his local community.
Vice President, Contracts & Purchasing
Ms. Corionna Canada is responsible for Criterion’s contracts and purchasing department, where she leads pre-award, post-award, procurement, and corporate contract activities. She manages all of Criterion’s subcontractors, independent contractors, and vendors. Furthermore, she focuses on maturing the department’s processes and educating Criterion employees from corporate departments and program operations teams about these improvements, all of which supports Criterion’s rapid growth.
With more than 13 years of government contracting experience, Ms. Canada has successfully re-structured and developed contracts departments and teams for other IT contractors, with both national and international operations. Prior to joining Criterion, she was the Global Manager, Government Contracts for FLIR Systems, Inc. She held similar contracts management positions at SC3 and PAE.
Ms. Canada has an M.S. in Management, with a concentration in Acquisition and Contract Management, from the Florida Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Political Science from Florida State University. She is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).