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The large presence of senior-level executives across industry with military backgrounds is a testimony to the military’s ability to produce great leaders. The U.S. Navy, in particular, has a strong presence of veterans who have taken the helm at some of the area’s most respected corporations.
The question then becomes… Why? What is it about the Navy in particular that produces leaders who go on to excel in virtually all sectors of industry and government?
To answer the question, we interviewed two of the area’s leading executives with Navy backgrounds, Bob Gourley, Chief Technology Officer at Crucial Point, LLC and Charles Church, Manager of Business Development at Oracle. With their feedback and some investigative research, we found that the broad answer comes in two parts.