Danet named executive director of DeCA’s IT Group
FORT LEE, Va. – Dr. Theon Danet has been named executive director of the Defense Commissary Agency’s Information Technology Group effective Oct. 25.
She fills a Senior Executive Service position created when DeCA reorganized IT on Oct. 1, 2019. Prior to that action, Chief Information Officer Jeffrey C. Perry led the agency’s IT operations before he retired from government service Aug. 31, 2018. Since then, IT executives Robert “Bob” Comer, Neville Gallimore and Mildred “Millie” Ives took turns as acting CIO.
In making this announcement, DeCA Director and CEO William F. Moore welcomed Danet to her new job and praised her expertise.
“Please join me in welcoming Dr. Danet to DeCA,” Moore said. “She has proven her exceptional abilities as an IT executive, and we all look forward to her leadership and the experience she brings to the Information Technology Group as we continue to provide the vital commissary benefit to our patrons.”
In her new position, Danet manages and directs DeCA’s IT functions for the agency’s headquarters elements and nearly 240 commissaries configured under five areas divided into 26 field zones in 46 states, 13 countries and two U.S. territories. She is responsible for overseeing the Information Technology Group, with three directorates: Management and Oversight, Program Management, and Technology Enhancement.
“As a veteran and military spouse, I understand DeCA’s critical mission and its importance to our warfighters and DOD community,” Danet said. “I am excited to lead DeCA’s high-performing IT team to the next chapter of technological innovation. My mission is to enable the people in order to enable the mission.”
Before coming to DeCA, Danet was the deputy chief information officer in the Information Technology Directorate with the Defense Contract Management Agency at Fort Lee, Virginia (2018 to 2020).
At DCMA, Danet oversaw the operation of the agency’s mission critical business systems for over 12,000 employees at over 900 locations in support of DOD’s contract administration mission. She led more than 300 government and contractor personnel across six directorates in 800 locations worldwide.
In Danet’s eight years at DCMA, she served in several key positions of responsibility in the agency: chief technology officer (2017-2018), chief enterprise architect (2013-2017) and information integration manager (2012-2013). She is credited with establishing a business capability model to improve and streamline DCMA’s IT processes. As a result of her strategy and implementation, she received the “2015 FEAC Enterprise Architecture Excellence Award for Federal Government Transformation” and the “2016 DCMA Personnel of the Year Award.”
Danet is a military veteran, completing six years in the Army as a cryptographic specialist. She went on to work as a quality analyst, Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia, before entering civil service in 1999 as an IT specialist/webmaster, for the Military Traffic Management Command at Fort Eustis, Virginia.
In addition to her work with the federal government, Danet has been a subject matter expert and directed high-level enterprise architecture analysis in the commercial sector. Prior to joining DCMA, she held federal government assignments to include chief enterprise architect, Army G-1, the Pentagon; chief enterprise architect with the NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia; and IT webmaster for the Military Traffic Management Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Danet’s complete bio can be found on commissaries.com.
About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit, saving authorized patrons thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to similar products at commercial retailers. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.