MajGen Leo V. Williams III, '70, USMCR (Ret.)
Leo Williams graduated from the Naval Academy in 1970 and was commissioned in the Marine Corps. Following two tours in artillery units with the Fleet Marine Force, a tour on the staff at The Basic School and a tour at the Manpower Division of Headquarters Marine Corps, he transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve and began a career at Ford Motor Company.
At Ford he rose to become the brand manager for F-150 trucks and Ford Division SUVs and was responsible for brand development and marketing for the F-150 truck as well as Explorer, Expedition, Excursion and Escape vehicles.
He retired from Ford in 2003 and became Executive Vice President of Medifast, Inc., and CEO of its subsidiary, Take Shape for Life, Inc. He retired from this company in 2012.
In the Marine Corps Reserve, Williams was promoted to Brigadier General in 1997 and to Major General in 2000. His general officer assignments included: Commanding General, 4th Force Service Support Group, Marine Forces Reserve; Commanding General, Marine Corps Reserve Support Command; vice director, Joint Experimentation (J9), U.S. Joint Forces Command; and Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
Williams serves on the Department of Defense Reserve Forces Policy Board as well as the corporate boards of the Navy Mutual Aid Association, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland and Intelligent Illuminations, Inc.
He was previously vice chairman of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, commissioner of the Military Leadership Diversity Commission and a member of the Naval Research Advisory Board. He has served as a trustee of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees and as a director of the Naval Academy Foundation.
Williams holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University. He is married to Vicki Davis Williams of Charleston, SC.