Reston, Virginia-based solutions company Leidos Holdings is about to double in size as it absorbs the IT and technical services unit of Lockheed Martin. Leidos CEO Roger Krone sees big opportunities ahead in the market segments the combination will address, which he estimates aggregate $250 billion in sales annually. But Krone is making it clear to the 16,000 employees who will soon join Leidos that the combination’s success depends on their skills, relationships and loyalty. The way he puts it is that Leidos is a “people company” — it doesn’t have a lot of assets besides the people themselves, and they therefore will be the main discriminator that sets Leidos apart from competitors in the eyes of customers. So he is working hard to welcome the new people, and to fashion an environment in which every member contributes to the shared endeavor. I have written a commentary based on my June 15 interview with Mr. Krone here.
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