A retired Admiral of the United States Navy and former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Bill’s civilian career spans nearly 20 years in telecommunications, technology, and finance. He has held executive and board member positions at various companies, including CEO roles Nortel Networks Corporation and Teledesic. Under his leadership, Nortel was reestablished as a strong, stable, ethical Fortune 500 company.
Bill serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Polycom Inc., Daimler Chrysler AG, Embarq, and Force 10. Since July 1, 2006, he has also served as a director of the Indian global information technology services company Wipro. Bill has received several prestigious awards recognizing his business achievements and support of important philanthropic activities, including the 2004 Intrepid Salute Award, Legion d’Honore by France, and the 1996 David Sarnoff Award for his contribution to advanced technology. He was also recognized as one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in Networking” by Network World. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and George Washington University, and a Rhodes Scholar in politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University, graduating with honors.