The finalists for WashingtonExec’s Chief Officer Awards were announced March 17, and we’ll be highlighting some of them until the event takes place live, in-person May 10.

Next is Chief Legal Counsel finalist in the Public Company category Mike Kolloway, chief ethics and compliance officer of Parsons Corp. Here, he discusses how leaving a good job allowed him to grow professionally, difficult situations he has overcome and more.

What key achievements did you have in 2022/2023?

During 2022, I helped negotiate the purchase agreement for the acquisition of Xator Corporation, Parsons’ largest acquisition since our initial public offering. I believe that this acquisition will be transformative for Parsons.

While the negotiations were complex and challenging, they were ultimately successful. Since joining Parsons, we have successfully completed seven acquisitions or mergers, and these transactions have had a significant impact upon Parsons’ growth and strategic vision. 

I also am Parsons’ Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. In this role, I work closely with a talented group of lawyers and compliance professionals to implement policies, processes and training that have allowed Parsons to be named a World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere for the 13th (2022) and 14th (2023) consecutive years.

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