From CO to CEO with William Toti

William Toti; Veteran On the Move

This week Joe is joined by William Toti, retired Naval Officer and author of From CO to CEO: A Practical Guide for Transitioning from Military to Industry Leadership. William served for 26 years on Active duty including tours as a fast attack submarine Commanding Officer and Commodore of Submarine Squadron Three. He timed his retirement to facilitate a successful transition into the corporate world and served over a decade in the defense industry. William shares with Joe the motivation behind writing his latest book and the lessons he wants to share with Veterans looking for a career in industry. Listen today to learn why it is important to have an informed passion to learn and why you need more than good leadership to be successful in Corporate America. 

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About Our Guest 

Captain William Toti, US Navy (Retired), is author of From CO to CEO: A Practical Guide for Transitioning from Military to Industry Leadership. He served for more than 26 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, including tours as commodore of Submarine Squadron 3 and as commanding officer of the nuclear fast attack submarine USS Indianapolis (SSN-697). Ashore, he served as special assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and as deputy director of the Navy War Plans Cell, Deep Blue. In industry, he served more than a decade running multi-billion-dollar global defense businesses, culminating in a role as CEO of Sparton Corporation.

Captain Toti is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and has done executive coursework at the Harvard Business School. He is author of the 2022 book, From CO to CEO: A Practical Guide for Transitioning from Military to Industry Leadership.

He worked for more than two decades to support the survivors of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35), was named their honorary captain in 2005, and has been featured in several global release documentaries on that storied ship, including USS Indianapolis: Live from the Deep, USS Indianapolis: Legacy Project, USS Indianapolis: the Final Chapter, and The Lost Ships of World War II.

His narrative titled Antoinette, describing his experiences during the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon was incorporated into the book Operation Homecoming. He was featured in several related documentaries, to include 9/11: Inside the Pentagon, 9/11: The Pentagon, and the 2021 National Geographic docuseries, 9/11: One Day in America.

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