Admiral William Owens
Admiral William Owens serves on the Board of Directors for Axxes Capital. Admiral Owens is a retired four-star US Navy Admiral. Admiral Owens was the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking United States military officer in the U.S., responsible for reorganizing and restructuring the armed forces in the post-Cold War era. Admiral Owens was also the Commander of the US Sixth Fleet and also served as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources. In addition, he was the Senior Military Assistant to two Secretaries of Defense (Cheney and Carlucci) and served in the Office of Program Appraisal for the Secretary of the Navy.
Admiral Owens is currently the co-founder and executive Chairman of Red Bison Technology Group, a company which installs and operates high-speed telecom networks in large office buildings, and Red Bison Advisory Group, a company that identifies and creates dynamic partnerships focusing on natural resources, real estate, and information and communication technology.
From 2007 to 2015, Admiral Owens was the Chairman and Senior Partner of AEA Investors Asia, a private equity firm located in Hong Kong, and Vice Chairman of the NYSE for Asia.
Previously, Admiral Owens was the CEO of Nortel, a Fortune 500 company, the CEO/Chairman of Teledesic, a Bill Gates/Craig McCaw company bringing worldwide broadband through an extensive satellite network, and the President of Science Applications International Corporation (“SAIC”).
Admiral Owens serves on the board of directors at Wipro Technologies and COMPASS and is a director of several private companies. Admiral Owens was the chairman of the board of CenturyLink Telecom (now Lumen), the third-largest telecommunications company in the United States, and was on the advisory board of SAP USA. He is on the board of Seattle University and the Fiscal Responsibility Amendment (“CFFRA”) Association which aims to establish a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. Admiral Owens is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Admiral Owens was also the Chairman of Eastern Airlines and has served on over 25 public boards, including Daimler, British American Tobacco, Telstra, Nortel Networks, and Polycom. In addition, Admiral Owens also served on the boards of the non-for-profit organizations: EastWest Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Brookings Institution, and RAND Corporation.
Admiral Owens is a 1962 honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy in mathematics, holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University and a master’s degree in management from George Washington University.