USSOCOM CIO moves to private sector

John Wilcox, former USSOCOM CIO, has moved to By Light, a defense contractor.
Macdill AF Base
A hangar at MacDill Air Force Base, home of SOCOM's CIO Office. (Air Force photo)

John Wilcox has left his role as CIO of the U.S. Special Operations Command for the private sector.

Wilcox will take over as vice president of strategic initiatives at By Light Professional IT Services, according to a release from the government systems engineering contractor.

Wilcox spent nine years in the senior executive service at SOCOM. He developed IT strategy and was responsible for supporting a global network that services 80,000 special operations personnel at the command. Before that, Wilcox spent almost 28 years in the U.S. Army.

“John is renowned as one of the very best signal leaders of his generation,” said Mike Hatcher, By Light’s chief revenue officer. “His long and distinguished career in both the conventional and Special Forces community will be a tremendous asset to the company as we conceive, build, and deploy new capabilities and services for the world’s most demanding customer missions.”


Wilcox was stationed in Hawaii and the Middle East during his time in the Army. In his role at By Light, he will develop new capabilities for the company’s war-fighting customers.

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