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William Toti

Speaker, Author of "From CO to CEO: A Practical Guide for Transitioning from Military to Industry Leadership"

Speaker, Author of "From CO to CEO: A Practical Guide for Transitioning from Military to Industry Leadership"

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William Toti Biography

William Toti has more than 40 years of experience in defense and more than a decade leading multi-billion-dollar, global businesses. He spent 26 years on active duty in the Navy, then 15 years in industry rising to the position of CEO of Sparton Corporation. He now speaks on the best way to train and integrate military veteran leaders into the workforce.

Prior positions include president of the navy sector at L3 Technologies; vice president of the defense segment at HP; president of Cubic Global Defense; and vice president of Raytheon’s Mission Support Operations. He has served on Boards of Directors of ERAPSCO, JT3, and Calzoni. He has extensive experience in both the products and services domains.

On active duty, Toti served as commander of Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Command Norfolk, as commodore of Submarine Squadron 3, and as commanding officer of the nuclear fast attack submarine USS Indianapolis (SSN 697). He served for more than nine years in the Pentagon, including tours as special assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, as Navy representative to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, and as deputy director of the Navy War Plans Cell, Deep Blue.

Toti holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s degree in spacecraft systems engineering and the pre-doctoral Electrical Engineer degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, and has done executive coursework at the Harvard Business School. He served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution and as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellow in International Affairs. He has more than 30 published articles and op-ed pieces, and is author of the 2022 book, “From CO to CEO: A Practical Guide for Transitioning from Military to Industry Leadership” (Forefront Books).

Toti has worked to support the survivors of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) for more than 25 years, was instrumental in the exoneration of their captain, Charles B. McVay (2001), was named an Honorary Survivor (2005), chairman of the USS Indianapolis Legacy Organization (2022), and has been featured in several global release Navy-related documentaries: “The Lost Ships of World War II” (2022, Fox), “USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter” (2019, PBS), “USS Indianapolis: Live from the Deep” (2017, PBS), and “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy” (2016).

His narrative titled “Antoinette,” describing his experiences during the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon was incorporated into the book “Operation Homecoming” (Random House, 2006). He has been featured in several related documentaries: “9/11: One Day in America” (2021, National Geographic), “9/11: The Pentagon” (2020, The History Channel), and “9/11: Inside the Pentagon” (2016, PBS).

Toti is a seven-time recipient of the Legion of Merit, a recipient of the “Wash 100” list of most influential leaders in the government contractor sector (2016), HP Executive of the Year (2013), the FedScoop 50 Industry Leadership Award (2012), and the Rear Admiral John J. Bergen Industry Award from the Navy League of the United States (2010). He is a lifetime member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Military Officers Association of America, the Navy League, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, the National Eagle Scouts Association, and was awarded the Honor Medal by the Boy Scouts of America (2002).

William Toti Speaking Topics

  • "The Truth about Hiring Veterans"

  • Serendipity finds you, you don't find it: finding myself at the center of the storm on 9/11 in the Pentagon

    His story of survival and his role in directing rescue efforts are detailed in the 2016 PBS documentary, “9/11: Inside the Pentagon” and the 2020 History Channel documentary “9/11: The Pentagon.”

    William Toti now speaks, actively encouraging people to “never forget” what happened on both that day and the powerful days of unity that followed the worst terrorist attack in US history.

    From documentaries to speaking engagements, Captain Toti is dedicated to the story and details of the September 11th attack on the Pentagon.

  • Doing the Right Thing: Hear the truth about how the Navy abandoned the crew of USS Indianapolis

    As a military expert on the story of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), close friend of surviving crew members, and a major player in the Congressional exoneration of Captain Charles B. McVay III, William Toti brings incredible insight and knowledge to one of the most impactful stories in US history.

    From documentaries to speaking engagements, Captain Toti is dedicated to the story and details of the USS Indianapolis.

  • Defense Acquisition Policy

    With over 40 years of defense experience, William Toti has specialized in running multi-billion-dollar global defense businesses for both products and services. Chief Executive Officer during the sale of Sparton by Cerberus Capital Management to Elbit Systems of America, Mr. Toti restructured and doubled the company’s value over a two-year period. Much of Captain Toti’s book, From CO to CEO, draws from his experiences inside the Department of Defense (DOD) and from the point of view of industry on the subject of defense acquisition. As an impactful speaker and defense acquisition consultant, William Toti speaks on common-sense recommendations on how to improve defense acquisition policy and process.

  • Military Transition

    An authority on military transition into industry, William Toti is no stranger to what it takes to succeed after exiting military service. He understands both the emotions and the logistics involved in navigating the shift into industry, and he shares incredible insight on what it takes for a successful transition.

    For 15 years, Mr. Toti worked his way up the chain of corporate industry. With positions including president of the Integrated Maritime Systems sector at L3, vice president of the defense segment of Hewlett Packard, HPE, and DXC, president of Cubic Global Defense, and vice president of Raytheon’s Mission Support Operations, he spent more than a decade running multi-billion-dollar global defense businesses. This culminated in his role as CEO of Sparton, where he restructured and doubled the company’s value in two years, taking the company through the successful sale by Cerberus Capital Management to Elbit Systems of America.

William Toti Videos

  • From CO to CEO with Captain William Toti - YouTube
    If you served in the military, the transition to civilian life can be a challenge. And if you're a civilian, hiring a veteran can provide ...
  • #147: From CO to CEO with William Toti
    Former CEO, U.S. Navy submarine squadron commander, and author, William Toti, joins the show to discuss the tremendous transition that a lot of...
  • Commencement Address - University of Texas Pan American
    William Toti addresses the 2008 graduates of UTPA in McAllen, Texas.

William Toti Books

  • From CO to CEO
    From CO to CEO

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William Toti is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as "The Truth about Hiring Veterans", Serendipity finds you, you don't find it: finding myself at the center of the storm on 9/11 in the Pentagon, Doing the Right Thing: Hear the truth about how the Navy abandoned the crew of USS Indianapolis, Defense Acquisition Policy and Military Transition. The estimated speaking fee range to book William Toti for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. William Toti generally travels from Orlando, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Larry Walsh, Brandon Rumbaugh, Erik Therwanger, Matt Tardio and Tee Marie Hanible. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling William Toti for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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