Bill Owens is the Chairman of CenturyLink Telecom (3rd largest U.S. telecoms) and serves on the board of Wipro. He is the Executive Chairman of Red Bison Advisory Group, a company that identifies opportunities with proven enterprises in China and the U.S., and creates dynamic partnerships. Owens is the non-executive chairman of private companies: Yangtze, Intelius, Eastern Airlines and Flow Mobile. Recently, he was the Chairman of AEA Investors Asia, a global private equity firm located in Hong Kong, and Vice Chairman of the NYSE for Asia. He has served on over 20 large public boards including Diamler, British American Tobacco, Telstra, Wipro, Nortel, and Polycom. Owens was CEO/Vice Chairman of Nortel Networks, taking the helm of Nortel following the disclosure of accounting issues in April 2004. Under his leadership, Nortel was re-established as a stable, ethical fortune 500 company. He was also 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. Owens was Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking U.S. military officer with responsibility for reorganizing and restructuring the armed forces in the post-Cold War era. He is a graduate of the U.S. 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. Owens received many awards, namely the “Legion d’Honneur” by France, highest award given to foreigners by the countries of Indonesia and Sweden, George Washington University Distinguished Graduate, The 50 Most Powerful People in Networking by Network World, one of the 100 Best Board Members in the U.S. for 2011 awarded by NACD, and the Intrepid Salute Award in recognition of his business achievements and support of important philanthropic activities. Owens is a Roughrider of the state of North Dakota. Owens is active in philanthropy to foster Chinese-American relations including dialogues between the most senior retired officers in the U.S. and Chinese militaries and similar dialogues between very senior economists.
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