Ray Mabus served as secretary of the Navy under President Obama from 2009 to 2017.
As Navy secretary, Mabus oversaw an annual budget of over $170 billion and almost 900,000 people. He earned global recognition for his efforts to rebuild the U.S. fleet, strengthen international relations, move the Navy away from fossil fuels, and promote a culture of innovation. During his tenure, he traveled over 1.3 million miles to meet with leaders in 152 countries and territories. Mabus has also served as governor of Mississippi, ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and chairman and CEO of Foamex, a manufacturing company.
He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, holds a master’s degree from the John Hopkins University, and earned his law degree from Harvard.