Admiral Bill Moran, USN (Ret.)


Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations and Former Chief of Naval Personnel

Admiral Bill Moran recently retired as a four-star officer, culminating thirty eight years of service as the U.S. Navy’s second-highest ranking officer. After beginning his career as a Naval Aviator, ADM Moran rose rapidly. He held leadership positions of ever greater responsibility across the globe and successfully operated in dynamic and complex environments throughout his distinguished career. He has a deep understanding of both talent management and fiscal processes across the Department of Defense–an unusual blend that enabled him to innovate, lead change, and improve performance to enhance U.S. naval capability.

Most recently, ADM Moran served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations from 2016-2019. During this time, he led all major budget initiatives and influenced key operational decisions for the Navy. He authored an integrated naval and Joint maritime force that became the centerpiece of the National Security Strategy of the United States. He was responsible for an annual budget of over $140B that prioritized modernization and sustainment of America’s naval forces.

From 2013-2016, ADM Moran served as Chief of Naval Personnel and encompassed all Navy human resources, education, training, and talent management systems. He set the Navy on a course to modernize nearly every aspect of serving over 400,000 Sailors. His leadership on over 60 reform initiatives designed to create greater trust, balance, and stability for Sailors and their families in a complex era of continuous change resulted in historic retention highs.

As the Director of Air Warfare from 2010-2013, ADM Moran led a complex acquisition and programming system that encompassed every naval aviation capability. He championed budgetary reforms to improve business operations in the Navy and successfully managed the increased need for aftermarket services, cutting-edge technology, and procurement based on affordability.

ADM Moran holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the National War College. He is a sports enthusiast who enjoys basketball, biking, and golf. He and his wife, Patricia, have two grown children; one a Navy Veteran, the other a mother of three dynamic young grandsons.