Owens is the non-executive chairman of private companies: Eastern Airlines, Yangtze, and Humin. Most recently, he was the Chairman of AEA Investors Asia, a global private equity firm located in Hong Kong, and Vice Chairman of the NYSE for Asia. He has served on over 20 large public boards including Diamler, British American tobacco, Telstra, Nortel, and Polycom.
Owens was also CEO/Chairman of Teledesic LLC, a Bill Gates/Craig McCaw company bringing worldwide broadband through an extensive satellite network and prior, was the President, COO/Vice Chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
Prior to SAIC, Owens was Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking Unite States military officer with responsibility for reorganizing and restructuring the armed forces in the post- Cold War era. Widely recognized for bringing commercial high-grade technology into the Department of Defense for military applications. Owens was the architect of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), an advanced systems technology approach to military operations, the most significant change in the system of requirements, budgets and technology for the four armed forces since World War II.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in management from George Washington University. Owens has received many awards namely, the “Legion d’Honore” by France, highest award given to foreigners by the countries of Indonesia and Sweden, George Washington University Distinguished Graduate, The 50 Most Powerful People in Networking by Network World, one of the 100 Best Board Members in the United States for 2011 awarded by NACD, and the Intrepid Salute Award in recognition of his business achievements and support of important philanthropic activities. Owens is active in philanthropy to foster Chinese American relations including dialogues between the most senior retired officers in the United States and Chinese militaries and similar dialogues between very senior economists.
Owens wrote more than 50 articles on national security and authored the book “High Seas.” His book, “Lifting the Fog of War,” was published in April 2000 and a revision was published in Mandarin in 2009. He is a 1962 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in management from George Washington University. On December 1, 2004, Bill Owens received the Intrepid Salute Award in recognition of his business achievements and support of important philanthropic activities.
Owens was awarded the “Legion d’Honore” by France, the highest awards given to foreign citizens by the countries of Indonesia and Sweden. He was the George Washington University Distinguished Graduate in 2001 and was recognized as one of The 50 Most Powerful People in Networking by Network World, one of the industry’s premier publications. He was awarded by NACD as one of the 100 Best Board Members in the United States for 2011.
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