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Why Former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Is Joining a Venture Capital Firm

The Honorable Ray Mabus

By Erin Griffith (original source Fortune)

“GV, venture the investment arm of Alphabet (GOOGL, +1.10%), has added four new advisors to its stable: Craig Kornblau, former president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Guillaume Le Cunff, president of Nespresso USA, Sanyin Siang, the executive director of the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE) at Duke, and former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

I spoke with Mabus, who told me he plans to help GV portfolio companies scale their teams, instill cultures, and run large organizations. As SecNav, he led an organization of 900,000 that had an annual budget of $170 billion. He was known for advocating for social change, including fully integrating women in the military and increasing maternity leave. Under Mabus, the Navy also significantly reduced its reliance on fossil fuels. (Mabus also happens to be the only person to have thrown out a first pitch at every baseball stadium in the U.S.)”

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