Admiral William (Bill) Owens is co-founder and executive chairman of Red Bison Advisory Group, a company which identifies opportunities with proven enterprises in China, the Middle East and the United States and creates partnerships focusing on natural resources, real estate, and information and communication technology. Bill brings decades of telecommunications expertise to Tethr, most recently as the chairman of the board of CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. He has also served on the boards of Wipro, Telstra, Nortel Networks and Polycom. Bill was the CEO/Chairman of Teledesic LLC, a Bill Gates/Craig McCaw company bringing worldwide broadband through an extensive satellite network and prior, was the president, COO/vice chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the CEO and vice chairman of Nortel. He has also served on over 20 public boards and advisory boards for companies including Daimler, British American Tobacco and SAP USA as well as on the boards of the non-for-profit organizations Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Brookings Institution and RAND Corporation.
Bill is a four-star US Navy veteran. He was Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking United States military officer with responsibility for reorganizing and restructuring the armed forces in the post- Cold War era. Bill is a 1962 honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in management from George Washington University.