People: Polycom Inc (PLCM.O)
Adm. William Arthur Owens is Independent Director of Polycom, Inc. He was previously a director of Polycom from August 1999 to May 2004. Mr. Owens presently serves as the Chairman of AEA Investors (Asia) since April 2006 and has served as Managing Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AEA Holdings Asia, a New York private equity company at various times during that period. Mr. Owens has served as Vice Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, Asia since June 2012. Mr. Owens previously served as Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Nortel Networks Corporation, a global supplier of communications equipment, from May 2004 to November 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Owens served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Teledesic LLC, a satellite communications company, from February 1999 to May 2004. During that same period, Mr. Owens also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Teledesic’s affiliated company, Teledesic Holdings Ltd. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Owens was President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Mr. Owens was a career officer in the U.S. Navy where he served as commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in 1990 and 1991, and as senior military assistant to Secretaries of Defense Frank Carlucci and Dick Cheney. Mr. Owens’ military career culminated in his position as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he had responsibility for the reorganization and restructuring of the armed forces in the post-Cold War era. Mr. Owens is widely recognized for bringing commercial high technology into the U.S. Department of Defense for military applications and as the architect of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), an advanced systems technology approach to military operations. Mr. Owens holds a B.A. in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy, 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.
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