David Shackleton

Chief Operating Officer


As the Chief Operating Officer for EM Key Solutions, David provides company-wide leadership in business strategy planning and execution, program management, and our delivery of professional services and developed products. David communicates and leads the internal implementation of the company's vision, tone, and strategic direction as established by our President and CEO. He works closely with the CEO to help shape the entire organization by using cross-functional teams and projects to infuse an overall sense of common vision across the company with a "One Team" approach to leadership through establishing and executing our Program Management Office and quality programs. In addition to leading our corporate operations, David is also responsible for implementing and mentoring business agility strategies to ensure EMKS continues to respond quickly to market changes and emerging opportunities with innovative and agile-driven business solutions. 

David's Past Experience

Prior to joining EMKS, David served as the Director of National Security for Buchanan & Edwards (BE) where he led a combined National Security (DoD/DHS) and Law Enforcement (DOJ/FBI) business unit which contained a broad range of IT programs supporting major government agencies.  Prior to his executive assignment at BE, David served in portfolio and program management roles at Harmonia Holdings Group, Inalab Consulting, and CGI Federal where he focused on DoD contracts supporting complex transitions, modernizations, and full-scope software development lifecycle programs.

David’s civilian career is complemented by a 20-year career in the Marine Corps where he worked within the Strategic Planning and Operations community at distinguished posts, commands, and the Pentagon.  While at Headquarters Marine Corps, he served in three simultaneous positions as the Marine Corp’s PP&O Force Deployment Chief, Plans Chief, and as the 05xx MOS Occupation Field Sponsor.  Within that role, David was responsible for the Marine Corps’ exclusive operations planning and execution community which contained more than 400 Marines formally trained to plan and execute military operations. He was responsible for all operational training programs, working with Manpower for strategic global personnel placement, formal MOS-producing education programs, and follow-on training, MOS promotion plans, retention budgeting, and forecasting, and career workforce retention.  His last assignment was at Marine Corps Systems Command where he was responsible for managing and executing multiple consecutive and highly successful Agile software development lifecycle contracts which supported the Marine Corps’ primary Force Deployment Planning and Execution system.  Within this role, David performed all duties as the government’s Product Owner, Program Manager, and Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).

David has a passion for operations stemming from 30 years of experience within a challenging and complex organizations and agencies.  His combined military and civilian operations experience provides a holistic approach to business operations.  As the world of agile matured within the business and IT community, David focused intently on learning, implementing, and mastering the leading Agile, DevOps, and Lean Portfolio Management methodologies.  His focus ensures that the entire scope of business operations revolves around sound principles and processes which support emerging technologies and rapidly changing customer needs.  David is a certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant (SPC) and Validated Trainer.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Liberty University and reinforced his Agile education with over a dozen professional certifications from industry-leading organizations such as the Project Management Institute, Scaled Agile, the Aveta Business Institute, Kanban University, and Scrum Alliance.