CEO Hunt Technology, LLC

Ira A. (Gus) Hunt

Mr. Hunt is President and CEO of Hunt Technology, former CTO of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, (CIA). Hunt Technology, LLC, focuses on strategic IT planning, cyber and data-centric security, big data analytics, AI/ML, and cloud computing. Previously he was Managing Director and Cyber Lead for Accenture Federal Services in Arlington Virginia and Chief Architect for Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund located in Westport, Connecticut. Mr. Hunt currently serves on the Board of Directors for ePlus and VAST Data Federal and on the Board of Advisors for Intel Federal, LookingGlass, iNovex, Enlightenment Capital, and Mission Link.

Mr. Hunt retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”) as their Chief Technology Officer (CTO) after a 28-year career. As CTO, Mr. Hunt set the information technology strategic direction and future technology investment plan for the CIA. He was the conceptual and motivating force behind the CIA’s decision to aggressively move to the Amazon cloud and the Agency’s initial foray into AL/ML through IBM’s Watson. Mr. Hunt developed the CIA’s Accelerated Technology Adoption Process to enable the CIA to dramatically speed-up its processes to discover, evaluate, acquire and implement new capabilities in support of its business requirements.

Prior to becoming CTO, Mr. Hunt served as the Director of Applications Services for the CIA. In this role, he was charged with building the information technology capabilities that enable the CIA’s operational and analytic missions. He set the vision and direction for application development at the CIA by shifting to Agile Development techniques, implementing a service oriented architecture, building the Agency’s data lake and delivering Security as a Service. He also implemented earned value‐management and total‐cost‐of‐ownership business processes to dramatically improve management decision effectiveness.

Mr. Hunt joined the CIA in 1985 as an analyst in the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence and subsequently served in positions of increasing responsibility across the organization to include: the Directorate of Intelligence, Non-Proliferation Center, Crime Narcotics Center, and Open Source Program Office, and the CIO.

Mr. Hunt began his career in 1979 working as an aerospace engineer for Rockwell International and General Research Corporation designing advanced manned space flight systems and satellite orbital transfer vehicles. He holds a BE and ME in Civil/Structural Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is married with 2 grown children and 4 beautiful granddaughters. In his spare time, Mr. Hunt enjoys skiing, biking, tennis, and photography.