Bill Toti: Life & Work After the Military

Retired Navy Captain and former corporate CEO Bill Toti joins Tim to talk about life and work after military service, particularly for leaders. You may remember Bill from two of our episodes on the story behind 9/11. He was in the Pentagon when the planes hit. In this episode, Bill talks about a new book he wrote that’s all designed to help military leaders find their place in leadership of society. The book is called, “From CO to CEO: A Practical Guide for Transitioning from Military to Industry Leadership.”

life after the military

Captain Bill Toti served for more than 26 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He went from being an enlisted seaman to becoming the commanding officer of a nuclear submarine called the USS Indianapolis. And then he became the commodore of a Submarine Squadron.

After that, he served for over nine years at the Pentagon, serving in the office of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and also as Navy representative to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. He was deputy director of the Navy War Plans Cell called Deep Blue.

Bill TotiAnd as I mentioned, he had a critical role on September 11th 2001 when a hijacked American Airlines jet slammed into the Pentagon. If you want to hear that story, go to our full episode catalogue at Shaping and check out our 9/11 series from last year.

After Bill retired from military service, he transitioned to the private sector, where he served in a number of roles at companies that included Raytheon, Hewlett-Packard, DXC and HPE.  He was president at a Cubic Corporation and at a company called L3 Maritime Systems. He then rose to serve as the CEO of Sparton Corporation.

But before all of that, he had to figure out how to make the transition. That’s our focus in this episode.