General George W. Casey, Jr.
U.S. Army, Retired
General George W. Casey, Jr. enjoyed a 41-year career in the U.S. Army following his graduation from Georgetown University. He is an accomplished leader and an authority on strategic leadership.
He led the U.S. Army from 2007-2011 and is widely credited with restoring balance to a war-weary Army and leading the transformation to keep it relevant in the 21st Century. He is a stalwart advocate for military families, wounded Soldiers, and survivors of the fallen, and took on the tough issues of suicide and reducing the stigma attached to combat stress. Prior to this, he commanded the Multi-National Force – Iraq, a coalition of more than 30 countries, where he guided the Iraq mission through its toughest days.
He held numerous other senior leadership positions in Europe, the Middle East and in the United States in his 15 years as a general officer.
He is currently serving as a Distinguished Senior Lecturer of Leadership at the Samuel Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and lecturing internationally on leadership at other business schools and to the leaders of national and multinational corporations. He also lectures on International Relations at the Korbel School, University of Denver.
He is Chairman of the USO Board of Governors and serves on several corporate boards and boards of other organizations that support our servicemen and women, our veterans and their families.
He has published a book, Strategic Reflections, Operation Iraqi Freedom, July 2004-2007 (October 2012), about his experiences in Iraq, and two articles on leadership: “Leading in a VUCA World”, Fortune Magazine (March 20, 2014), and “Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous: Leadership Lessons from Iraq”, Chapter 1, Changing Mindsets to Transform Security, (December 2013).
He holds a Master of International Relations Degree from Denver University, and served as a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, a foreign policy think-tank. He has broad international experience. Born in Japan, he served in operational assignments in Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East.
He and his wife, Sheila, have two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.