Taking the Reins: Henry Giffen III

Taking the Reins: Henry Giffen III

Henry Giffen III


Vice president, strategic initiatives, and director, combat systems life cycle support, Anteon Corp., Fairfax. Va.


AGE: 54

HOMETOWN: East Meadow, N.Y.

HOME NOW: Norfolk, Va. ("on the Chesapeake Bay")

FAMILY: Married 32 years to wife Stevie. Three daughters: Aaron, 26, Ryan, 24, and Ashley Paige, 22. "Two are UVA grads, and one is currently (forever) at JMU [James Madison University]."

MOST RECENTLY READ BOOK: "Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within" (Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series) by Robert Quinn.


Music: "Ranges from classic to '60's oldies to country. The last CD I played this week was James Taylor. Before that it was the Dixie Chicks."

Author: "A relatively unknown named B.S. Levy, who writes of growing up in the '50s around sports car racing."

Actor: Anthony Hopkins
Hobby: "Running on the beach with our two golden retrievers. Also, I race vintage (1940s-50s) British sports cars (MG, Morgan, Lotus, Elva, Cooper) with my middle daughter, who also races."

Food: "I am an equal opportunity eater. Seafood is probably my favorite."

QUOTE: Jack Welch, "Something like, 'All we want is an unfair share of the market.' "

VACATION SPOT: Monterey, Calif.


"If you think you are right, fight for what you believe and for your people with every ounce of energy you possess. Also known as 'if you are on the side of the angels, you are bulletproof.' "


Bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 1967

Master of science in personnel management, George Washington University, Washington, 1979

Graduate with distinction, National War College, Washington, 1992


Thirty-three years in the Navy as a surface warfare officer. Retired as a vice admiral. Commanded three ships (a minesweeper, a destroyer and a cruiser) and a carrier battle group, as well as the 120 surface ships in the Atlantic Fleet. Served in Washington twice, Italy in a NATO job, at the Naval Academy, ashore in Vietnam as well as other staff jobs.

What do you feel will be the biggest change for you as you move into working in the private sector?

"Choosing a tie and finding my way to work. Seriously, it's understanding the financial side of business: contracts, rates, fee, etc. In the Navy I managed money at a macro level. Lots of new terms and interrelationships to understand, but it is also fun to learn something new and different."

This is a newly created position. What do you see as your first order of business in your new role?

"Understanding the full breadth of unique capabilities Anteon possesses and making potential customers aware of these capabilities."

Reader Comments

Thu, Mar 11, 2010

Hey Admiral,good to hear you are doing well,often wondered what happened to you. You were one of the good guys,as was often said,"Adm Giffen is a sailors Adm". Hope you continue to do well,and may you always have a favorable wind at your back.

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