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Deb Alderson

Chief Executive Officer

GTL

Washington, DC, USA

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Biography

Deb Alderson has more than 30 years of leadership experience in national security, transformative technology and correctional facilities. She is CEO of GTL, a leader in correctional rehabilitation technology, education and rehabilitation solutions for inmates and payment services solutions for government.

She is recognized for her vibrant leadership style and outspoken support for female peers and colleagues. Deb has a proven track record of building high-performance teams with an emphasis on improving the recidivism rate while building business growth. Under her leadership, GTL launched their Women's Technology Council, an initiative that provides support in the form of training and forums to women that work in technology at GTL.

Prior to her appointment as CEO of GTL, Deb was CEO and President at Sotera Defense Solutions after having served as COO and Executive Vice President at SRA International. During her tenure at SRA, Deb headed four main operating groups where she was responsible for over 6,000 employees, and built her expertise within technology to eventually apply it to the correctional space at GTL.

During her six years at SAIC, the Fortune 500 defense and intelligence technology company, she served as Group President of the Defense Solutions Group, overseeing more than 14,000 team members. Deb also previously served as President of the Systems Engineering Group at Anteon. She achieved growth from $65 million to $400 million through the implementation of solutions in support of the Missile Defense Agency, US Navy, US Army, US Air Force, Marine Corps and Department of Homeland Security.

Deb was named a Washington Post Top 25 Female Executive and was recognized with the Federal 100 Award in 2011.

Deb Alderson’s Newsfeed

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Where Are They Now: Deb Alderson in 2021

Deb Alderson is on a mission to improve her own industry as she leads GTL from the CEO suite. “Our mission is to drive change to make this a better industry,” Alderson said. “To be able to lead a company where we can offer out free content, free phone calls, free messaging, free video visitation and really demonstrate that we can be a good corporate citizen is wonderful. Nothing gets me more excited.”

Westmoreland County Prison inmates get free weekly phone call

“We want to ensure that every individual that uses a GTL solution to communicate with their loved ones has a way to connect each week regardless of their financial situation,” said Deb Alderson, president and CEO, in a statement. “This means all incarcerated individuals at GTL facilities will be able to maintain regular contact with their family during incarceration, leading to stronger relationships upon release and a more positive re-entry experience.”

Deb Alderson’s Background

GTL
Chief Executive Officer
Apr 2018 - Present
Reston, VA, USA
GTL is the provider of integrated technology solutions within correctional services in the USA.
Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. logo Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. logo
Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
Jul 2013 - Apr 2017
Herndon, VA, USA
Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. functions as a security technology company offering counter-terrorism intelligence, data analysis, intelligence fusion, force mobility, modernization, maritime domain awareness and decision support systems.
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Deb Alderson’s Gallery

Previous Board Positions

AFCEA
Executive Committee
Fairfax, VA, USA
The Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association or AFCEA is a professional network of people for the sharing of ideas and solutions in the global security industry.
Boulder Crest Foundation
Board Member
Bluemont, VA, USA
Boulder Crest Foundation is a retreat providing a place of healing for combat veterans, first responders, and their families in the aftermath of trauma.
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Media

Where Are They Now?: Deb Alderson
Interview
Jul 2018
Washington, DC, USA
Deb Alderson, CEO of GTL, sits down with Rachel Kirkland of WashingtonExec to discuss her career in information technology, intelligence, and national security, and to share what excited her about accepting the CEO role at GTL.

Memberships

AUSA
Past Member
Arlington, VA, USA
The Association of the United States Army, or AUSA, is a private, non-profit organization and advocacy group for the United States Army.
NDIA
Past Member
Arlington, VA, USA
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is a corporate and individual membership association for the United States government and the defense/national security industrial base.
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Awards & Endorsements

The Washington Post
Washington Post Top 25 Female Executive
Washington, DC, USA
Deb was recognized as one of the top 25 female executives in her industry by the Washington Post.
FCW
Federal 100 Award
2011
Washington, DC, USA
The Federal 100 Awards honors the leaders in federal IT who have used technology to make the US government function better.
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Deb Alderson’s Education

Virginia Tech
Master of Science (M.S.)
1978 - 1980
Virginia Tech
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
1974 - 1978