NWCF Announces Appointment of Two New Board Members

Jun 22, 2020

The Naval War College Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees.

Joining the board are Mr. Dominic “Dom” A. Dannessa and Mr. Scott DePasquale. These appointments bring NWCF’s total board membership to 24. CEO George Lang commented: “We are extremely delighted and fortunate to have Scott Depasquale and Dom Dannessa join the NWCF’s distinguished Board of Trustees. These two business professionals are passionate about the mission of the Foundation and are eager to apply their extensive leadership and community engagement experience to assist the Board in realizing its strategic vision for the NWCF. Both gentlemen will participate in senior level dialogue regarding the Naval War College that will positively influence national security.”

Dom Dannessa recently retired from Chicago-based USG as its Executive Vice President and Chief Customer and Innovation Officer, where he led the development and commercialization of USG’s products and solutions with a focus on improved customer experience. Dannessa holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Youngstown State University.

Dannessa is a long time proponent of the Naval War College and helped foster the corporate relationship between USG and the Foundation. For many years, Dannessa hosted international students from the NWC at USG’s R&D campus as part of the Field Studies Program (FSP); it was considered a highlight of the program, offering students insight into how a cutting edge corporation operates.

Scott DePasquale is the CEO of Financial Systemic Analysis & Resilience Center (FSARC) and previously served as Chairman of the Rhode Island Commission for Cybersecurity. He specializes in systemic risk management in the financial sector related to current and emerging cybersecurity threats, with a focus on public-private partnerships.

DePasquale has participated in cybersecurity roundtables and war games hosted by the College, including the 2019 Critical Infrastructure Cyber War Game. His leadership and expertise in this critical field is a welcome addition to the NWCF Board.


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