Business leader recognized for transforming federal contracting company into technology trailblazer focused on AI.
In this feature, Empower AI President and CEO Paul Dillahay was named one of Virginia's top business leaders for his focus on transforming the company into an organization that supports government missions with cutting-edge artificial intelligence.
In June, the company formerly known as NCI Information Systems Inc. rebranded as Empower AI, taking the name of the artificial intelligence platform it launched in 2020. More than 75% of the company’s clients have adopted the platform, which it says has accounted for more than $1.5 billion worth of work. Empower AI reported more than $251 million in revenue in fiscal 2021, and in July, it opened an office in Henrico County and expects to add about 150 jobs.
A graduate of Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, Dillahay joined the company as CEO in 2016 and previously held executive roles at CACI International and Lockheed Martin.
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