Patrick O'Connell HS2

U.S. Navy Chief of Personnel in Washington, DC

Patrick O’Connell brings more than three decades of executive experience to his position as the chief of naval personnel (CNP) for the United States Navy, where he has focused on improving the CNP operating model. He developed a holistic plan to restructure the operating model that focused on systemic performance and reduced cost. The role has also required Patrick O’Connell to work with an onboard team with no previous transformation experience, a situation he previously encountered as an interim director for High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. in London. His involvement with the HS2 project involved the transformation of a £50 billion next-generation rail system.

Over the course of his career, Dr. O’Connell also acquired several professional certifications, including as a Certified Major Program Manager Level III by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU). The designation represents DAU’s highest possible level for major program managers. Dr. O’Connell also achieved the title of Certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute in the early 1990s. Additionally, he received multiple U.S. government commendations for management excellence, such as the Legion of Merit.

Washington, DC, US


Feb 2016 - Present

Chief of Naval Personnel

US Navy

Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Chairman and CEO

AQUILA Air Traffic Management Services Ltd

Feb 2014 – Jul 2014


UK Interim Program and Strategy Director


Jan 1980 - Jun 1990


The George Washington University

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