David Bills

Senior Advisor

Until April 2017, David Bills served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy at DuPont. Before then, he served in various other executive positions at DuPont since 2001, including Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, President of the Fluoroproducts Business, and Vice-President of the Displays Business. David joined DuPont after a successful 12 year career at McKinsey, where he was ultimately a Partner. He began his career with 3 years at Exxon as a process engineer and operations manager in a Texas refinery. David has served on the Board of Directors at Modine Manufacturing Company since February 2015 and Lydall, Inc. since 2018. He formerly served on the Investment Committee of the Delaware Public Employees’ Retirement System from 2017 – 2018, on the Board of Trustees for the Delaware Art Museum from 2011 – 2015, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Lerner College of Business at the University of Delaware from 2012 – 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1983 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1989.

Derek Woods

Senior Advisor

With over 25 years of business leadership and Board experience, Derek Woods has a combination of operating, finance and transaction experience focused on the satellite sector. Derek was the Managing Director/President of ARTEL, a major provider of managed satellite and terrestrial communications networks primarily to the US Government and military. Before then, Derek was the CEO of Stratos Global Corporation, a satellite communications company, now part of Inmarsat. Over five years, Derek grew the Company from a private start-up to a public company with revenues in excess of $500mm. Prior to Stratos, Derek was a partner in the law firm of Stikeman Elliott LLP, practicing securities law. Derek practiced and is called to the bar in New York, Massachusetts, Ontario and Manitoba; he also practiced and is qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom, Wales and Hong Kong. Derek obtained his BA and LLB degrees at the University of Manitoba, followed by an LLM in International Finance at the London School of Economics and an MBA (Honors) from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Derek has served on the boards of Inmarsat, Stratos, Artel, and the Satellite Industry Association.

Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

Jim Stavridis spent over thirty years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among his many commands were four years as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa. He also commanded US Southern Command in Miami Florida, charged with military operations through Latin America. In the course of his career in the Navy, he served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense. He led the Navy’s premier operational think tank for innovation, Deep Blue, immediately after the 9/11 attacks. In 2016, he was vetted for Vice President by Secretary Hillary Clinton, and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position with President Donald Trump. He won the Battenberg Cup for commanding the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet and the Navy League John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational leadership, along with over fifty US and international medals and decorations. He attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis and then earned a PhD from The Fletcher School at Tufts, where he later served as the 12th Dean. While studying at Tufts, he won the Gullion prize as outstanding student in his class, as well as academic honors from the National and Naval War Colleges as a distinguished student. He speaks Spanish and French. Jim has published eight books on leadership, Latin America, ship handling, and innovation, as well as hundreds of articles in leading journals. He has won both the Proceedings and USNI Press Author of the Year Awards. Admiral Stavridis currently serves as an Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group, the Chair of the Board of Counselors at McLarty Associates, the Chair of the Board of the US Naval Institute, a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News.

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