Leslie G. Denend '63

Leslie “Les” G. Denend is an accomplished public and private sector leader. Currently a director of VeriFone Corporation and Exponent Corporation, he has served on over twenty public and private company boards, including Vice Chairman and lead director of USAA. He is the former president and CEO of Network General Corporation. He was also a partner at McKinsey and Company. Mr. Denend served as Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in the Carter Administration. He served as the deputy director of the Cabinet Council on Economic Affairs in the Reagan administration. He was also an advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mr. Denend graduated from the U. S. Air Force Academy in 1963. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and earned a Ph.D. in Economics, Public Policy and Business and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was selected as a White House Fellow in the Ford Administration. Mr. Denend is a retired U. S. Air Force colonel and a decorated Vietnam War combat fighter pilot. He currently serves as a trustee of the Air Force Academy Foundation and the Falcon Foundation.