Darwin Deason is the founder of Affiliated Computer Systems, launched in 1988 to handle business processes for clients such as E-ZPass, 7-Eleven, United Parcel Service (UPS), the City of Dallas and numerous state and federal agencies. Serving in a variety of executive positions, including chairman of the board and CEO, Deason took the company public in 1994 and sold it to Xerox in 2010.
Previously, Deason worked for the data processing firm MTech, where he was promoted to CEO at the age of 29. Before joining MTech, Deason worked in data processing for Gulf Oil in Tulsa, having started there as a mail clerk.
“My business career was built on technology services, so clearly the issue of cyber security is something I take very seriously,” Deason says. “The work of the institute will have a far-reaching impact, spanning retail, defense, technology, healthcare, energy, government, finance and transportation – everything that makes our world work.”
Deason is chairman of Deason Capital Services (DCS) and president of the Deason Foundation, which supports Christian agencies and churches, education and medical research.
Darwin Deason was born in Rogers, Arkansas.