Melissa Lee Dueñas Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Leidos, Inc.
Melissa Lee Dueñas is a Senior Vice President at Leidos Inc., a global Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 36,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020
In her role, Melissa is the Chief Communications Officer, responsible for the oversight of all employee, digital and crisis communications; media relations; branding and advertising; creative services; marketing; and corporate social responsibility efforts to include environmental sustainability and all charitable giving. She joined Leidos (then SAIC) in 2006.
Melissa acts as the primary spokesperson and crisis response communicator for the company. She manages a diverse and talented staff of professionals who work to drive business value for the enterprise. Melissa oversees all of the company’s advertising campaigns, and marketing and sports-related sponsorships. Melissa also acts as a company representative in the community, maintains relationships with key charitable organizations and oversees the deployment of the company’s $4.5M annual philanthropic giving program.
Melissa previously served as the VP and Director of Media Relations for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Prior to that, she was a speech and ghostwriter for senior government officials at the Pentagon. She served as U.S. Air Force Public Affairs for 10 years, where she led teams focused on Photojournalism, Media and Community Relations, and Crisis Response. Melissa deployed in support of OPERATIN NORTHERN WATCH, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
She holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Maryland, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies. She also holds degrees in Public Affairs and Aircraft Armament Technology.
Active in the community, Melissa is on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, where she works to empower the underserved. She also serves on the board of Washington West Film Festival, which donates all proceeds to charity. Melissa is a founding member of the Corporate Leadership Council of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, where she works as an advocate for the memorial and helps address challenges facing military women, past and present.