Jonathan W. Greenert
Former Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert (U.S. Navy-Ret.) is a member of the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems plc.
Admiral Greenert was appointed to the Inc. Board in April 2016 for a three-year term. In this role, he brings a vast breadth of leadership experience and expertise from a distinguished, 40-year career as a U.S. military officer and senior government leader. Admiral Greenert was appointed twice by the President of the United States to serve as the nation’s 30th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). He also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as an adviser to the President and the Secretary of Defense on U.S. and global maritime security and naval operations, responsible for all naval personnel, assets, budget and operations around the world.
Admiral Greenert began his naval career as a submariner with multiple assignments culminating in command of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Honolulu. Subsequently, he commanded four Navy fleets including Submarine Squadron 11, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, U.S. 7th Fleet, and U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Prior to becoming CNO in September 2011, Admiral Greenert served two years as the Vice CNO, representing a combined six years of service in the two most senior military positions in the U.S. Navy.
In addition to his command assignments, Admiral Greenert served in various fleet support and financial management positions, including deputy chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources, deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and director of Operations Division Navy Comptroller.
Known for introducing unprecedented technological initiatives as CNO, Admiral Greenert oversaw the strategic planning and development of innovative technologies spanning network and IT security systems, advanced sensors and weapon systems, unmanned underwater and aerial vehicles, and directed energy and electromagnetic systems for the U.S. Navy fleet. He has appeared in national forums and been published in national and trade media discussing innovation, security strategy, and ethical leadership and professional development.
Admiral Greenert is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and completed studies in nuclear power for his service as a submarine officer. He is the recipient of various personal and campaign awards including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit, as well as the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership.