VADM Lou Crenshaw USN (Ret.), CDFM

Lou CrenshawVADM Lou Crenshaw is an experienced executive in the public and private sector with almost 40 years of experience.  Lou retired as a Principal from the global tax, audit and advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP in 2013, where his most recent position was as the National Industry Leader of its Aerospace and Defense Industry segment, coordinating tax, audit and advisory engagements across the country and around the globe.

Prior to his national leadership role, VADM Crenshaw lead the Defense and Intelligence (D&I) vertical market sector at Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector.  As leader of the sector he had P&L oversight as well as client facing duties.  While serving in that position the D&I sector won the competition for the first audit of a military service, the U.S. Marine Corps, going head-to-head with the Big Four accounting firms.  During his tenure the D&I sector provided consulting services to the Washington Headquarters Service, the Defense Distribution Center, the U.S. Navy Financial Management Operations division, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and numerous other agencies and services.

VADM Crenshaw was also the driving force behind two significant industry surveys, the annual survey of Defense Department financial officials and the annual National Government Contractors survey.  Both surveys are recognized within their respective industries as one of the most insightful and comprehensive studies available during the year.  He also continues to serve the American Society of Military Comptrollers at the program chair of the highly successful Washington Regional Professional Development Institute, the premier training event for the Washington area defense financial management workforce.

Prior to Grant Thornton, VADM Crenshaw served 32 years in the U.S. Navy in a variety of leadership roles, commanding at the squadron, carrier air wing and carrier battle group level, as well as shore command of all Navy bases in Europe.  His last assignment in the U.S. Navy was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Requirements, Resources and Assessments, where he was responsible for planning, developing and executing the Navy’s annual budget of over $130 Billion.  He was also the senior requirements official for the Navy and oversaw its Operations Analysis activities.  VADM Crenshaw is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and served as a test flight engineer before returning to the school as an instructor.

In recognition for his outstanding public service, he was elected a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011, one of only a few members of the Armed Services to be inducted.  VADM Crenshaw attended the U.S. Naval Academy and has a B.S. in Ocean Engineering.  He is also a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM).  VADM Crenshaw continues his public service as the Chairman of the Board of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving wounded and injured Sailors and Coastguardsmen.  He also serves on the Board of the Association of the U.S. Navy and is the Chairman of TECHAMERICA’s Defense Committee.

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