Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers @ I/ITSEC 2018

The I/ITSEC Opening Ceremonies are held on Tuesday 27 November in the Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel, Windermere Ballroom. The Opening Ceremonies Keynote presentations will follow the ceremonial opening and welcoming remarks from the 2018 Leadership.

Service Keynote:




Admiral Christopher W. Grady, USN
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Naval Forces Northern Command

ADMIRAL CHRISTOPHER GRADY is a native of Newport, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and was commissioned an ensign through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. Grady is a distinguished graduate of Georgetown University where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security Studies while concurrently participating as a fellow in Foreign Service at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is also a distinguished graduate of the National War College earning a Master of Science in National Security Affairs. He assumed command of U.S. Fleet Forces Command/U.S. Naval Forces Northern Command on May 4, 2018. In his most recent assignment, he was the commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and the  commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, while simultaneously serving as the deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa. Additional flag assignments include director of the Maritime Operations Center (N2/3/5/7), Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1/Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group where he deployed for nearly 10 months to the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf conducting combat operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve; and commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic. At sea, Grady’s initial tour was aboard USS Moosbrugger (DD 980) as combat information center officer and antisubmarine warfare officer. As a department head, he served as weapons control officer and combat systems officer aboard USS Princeton (CG 59). He was commanding officer of Mine Countermeasures Rotational Crew Echo aboard USS Chief (MCM 14), and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in command of USS Ardent (MCM 12). Grady then commanded USS Cole (DDG 67), deploying as part of NATO’s Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean. As commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf as sea combat commander for the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Ashore, Grady first served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then as naval aide to the chief of naval operations. He also served on the staff of the chief of naval operations as assistant branch head, Europe and Eurasia Politico-Military Affairs Branch
(OPNAV N524). He then served as executive assistant to the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs. Next, he served as the deputy executive secretary of the National Security Council in the White House. He then went on to serve as the executive assistant to the chief of naval operations. His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with four gold stars, Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, and the Combat “V”, and Joint Service Achievement Medal. Grady is a joint specialty officer.


Industry Keynote:

Stanley (Stan) A. Deal
Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company and President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Global Services

STAN DEAL is Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Global Services. He is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council. Deal was named to this position in November 2016 when Boeing announced the establishment of Boeing Global Services as a third business unit of the company, bringing together services capabilities that span the defense, space and commercial sectors. Deal oversaw the formal stand up of Global Services and led its transition into a fully-operational business unit on July 1, 2017. Deal is responsible for defining and implementing a new aerospace services development and delivery model for commercial and government customers worldwide focused on four capability areas: supply chain; engineering, modifications and maintenance; digital aviation and analytics; and training and professional services. Resulting customized aftermarket services solutions are offered to customers, regardless of platform manufacturer, while reducing costs and accelerating delivery schedules. Global Services has more than 300 locations worldwide in more than 70 countries. Previously, Deal was Senior Vice President of Commercial Aviation Services, including Boeing subsidiaries Aviall and Jeppesen. In this role, he led a team in providing customer support and services to airlines and leasing companies around the globe. Under his leadership, Commercial Aviation Services generated record performance in 2014 and 2015. Formerly the services division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), Commercial Aviation Services is included in the Boeing Global Services portfolio. From 2011 to 2014, Deal was Vice President and General Manager of Supply Chain Management and Operations for BCA. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the BCA Supplier Management organization, where he was responsible for the strategy, contracting, daily management and development of the supply chain. Deal has held a variety of leadership roles in BCA Sales and Marketing, including Vice President of Asia Pacific Sales and Vice President of BCA Sales and Marketing Operations. He was also Vice President of Global Network Sales, during which time he helped to launch Connexion by Boeing. After joining Boeing in 1986, Deal held various leadership positions, including leading integrated product teams for propulsion systems and structures on the 717 program. He was also program manager for the MD-11 Japan Airlines program. Deal serves on the board of directors for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, supporting its mission to commemorate the past
and educate and inspire an appreciation for the importance of flight to humanity. Deal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.