Gilbert F. Decker

Board Director, Chair – Auditing Committee

Gilbert F. Decker currently serves as a private consultant to clients to include the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy and several corporations in addition to holding several key board positions in the commercial sector. Gil’s background is steep in both military and commercial experience. Gil’s military experience includes serving as Assistant Secretary of U.S. Army – Research, Development and Acquisition (1993-97); Co-Chairing a Commission at the request of the Secretary of the Army to conduct an in depth process review and recommend improvements for enhanced quality and efficiency of the U.S. Army Acquisition process (2010-11); serving on the Board of Army Science & Technology (BAST) at the National Academy of Sciences including the BAST panel responsible for overseeing the US Army mission of Chemical Weapons De-militarization; holding the position of Chairman for the Army Science Board (two years) and serving on the Army Science Board (six years); in addition to personally wearing a uniform as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army and as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. This veteran’s commercial experience includes positions of distinction to include: President and CEO of the Penn Central Federal Systems Company; Vice President and General Manager of the Defense Systems Group of TRW, Inc.; President and CEO of Acurex Corporation; President and CEO of ESL, Inc.; and Executive Vice President for Engineering, Manufacturing, and Program Management of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Gil currently serves on several boards to include: the National Advisory Council for The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Whiting School of Engineering; the JHU Tech transfer committee chartered to advise JHU teams on tech transfer to industry; and the Advisory Board of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. He is Vice-President and a Director of the Hertz Foundation, a foundation that grants Graduate Fellowships to top ranked science and engineering students to pursue their PhD. He is currently Director of CoVant Technologies II LLC of McLean, VA., an investment company seeking and executing investments in high tech companies and Director of A-T Solutions, Inc, a company providing high-tech training services to DoD special operations segments and providing cyber-security serices to the DoD. Prior board positions include Director of Alliant TechSystems (10 years), Director of Anteon Corporation (10 years), Director of Allied Defense Group (10 years) and Trustee for the Association of the US Army in which he continues to be a sustaining member.

Gil’s knowledge of military and business is equalled by his knowledge for the Town of Los Gatos as he is married to town mover and shaker Sandy Decker whose contributions to the Town of Los Gatos include serving as former Mayor in addition to numerous key governmental and board capacities over the last two decades.

Honors & awards

Honors presented to Gil include the Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of Defense, Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army, the Meritorious Service Medal from the US Army, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Johns Hopkins University.

Education & training

Gil holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering, from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research, from Stanford University. While at Johns Hopkins, Gil was elected to Tau Beta Pi, the national honorary engineering fraternity. He undertook his military education as a US Army Reserve Officer at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College as well as at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.


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