William “Bill” Moran concluded his 38-year career in the U.S. Navy serving for more than three years as the 39th Vice Chief of Naval Operations — the second-highest ranking officer in the Department of the Navy. In this role, Moran oversaw a $160 billion annual budget and made operational decisions involving fleet readiness and modernization.
In April 2019, Moran was nominated to be Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). However, before assuming this post, Moran retired amid an inspector general investigation that found he had violated Department of Defense policies by using a personal email account for official communications.
In February 2020, Moran became a principal at WestExec Advisors, a consulting firm that provides geopolitical and policy expertise to business clients, which reportedly have included Navy contractors AT&T, Boeing, and Microsoft. In announcing his hiring, WestExec stated that “Moran’s operational experiences, unparalleled expertise in guiding the Navy’s human resource management and programmatic processes, and strategy development across the highest levels of the Department of Defense will be invaluable to WestExec’s aerospace, defense, and technology clients as well as to its capital advisory practice.”
Moran did not respond to request for comment.
Moran’s operational experiences, unparalleled expertise … and strategy development across the highest levels of the Department of Defense will be invaluable to WestExec’s aerospace, defense, and technology clients."