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- Sean O’Keefe, Head of EADS North America
Sean O’Keefe, born on 27 January 1956, assumed the responsibilities as EADS North America’s Chief Executive Officer on November 1, 2009, and was elected to the company’s Board of Directors effective the same day. His duties include directing EADS activities in the United States, developing strategic partnerships with U.S. companies, and enhancing the participation of EADS in the U.S. marketplace – including the development, growth, and management of large-scale defense acquisition programmes.
Prior to joining EADS North America, O’Keefe served as a corporate officer of the General Electric Company in the Technology Infrastructure sector, leading the Washington operations of the GE Aviation business. From 2005 to 2008, he served as Chancellor of Louisiana State University, the chief executive officer, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Appointed Secretary of the Navy in July 1992 by President George Bush, O’Keefe previously served as Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense since 1989. Before joining then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney’s Pentagon management team in these capacities, he served on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations staff for eight years and was Staff Director of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His public service began in 1978 upon his selection as a Presidential Management intern.
O’Keefe earned his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1977 and his Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1978.