Joseph Robert Wright, Jr.
Joe currently serves as Executive Chairman of Sequoia, Chairman of SNA and Chairman of Altamira Technologies. He is also Executive Partner/Consultant to Comvest Partners, Chairman of the Investment Committees of Surry Capital, LLC, ClearSky Power and Technology Fund, LLC, and ClearSky Security Fund. Joe joined Chart National in 2018 as Chairman of the Advisory Board.
Joe was Executive Chairman of Federal Data Systems; Chairman of Intelsat; CEO of PanAmSat; Chairman of GRC International; Executive Chairman of MTN Satellite Communications; CEO of Scientific Games; Co-Chairman of Baker & Taylor; EVP, Vice Chairman and Director of W. R. Grace, Chairman of Grace Energy Company and President of Grace Environmental Company; Senior Advisor to Providence Equity; Vice Chairman of Terremark; President of two Citibank subsidiaries; Vice President and Partner of Booz, Allen and Hamilton; in addition to executive positions in several other companies.
Joe is also on the Board of Systems Control, and is a member of the Council of Chief Executives, Council on Foreign Relations, Economic Club of New York, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF). He previously served as a Director of The Cowen Group, EBIX, Priority Holdings, Travelers, Terremark Worldwide, Harcourt Brace Janovich, Kroll, Titan, Proxim, Federal Signal, Education Management Corporation (EDMC), Hampton University, AT&T Government Markets and others.
Joe served in the U.S. Government under President Reagan as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Director/Director of the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and was a member of the President's Cabinet. In addition, he held various management and economic positions in the Federal Departments of Defense, Commerce and Agriculture under three other Presidents: Nixon, Ford and Kennedy. Joe received the Distinguished Citizens Award, and was appointed to the President’s Export Council by President Reagan and continued under President H.W. Bush as Chairman of the Export Control Sub-Committee. He was also appointed to the President’s Commission on U.S. Postal Service Reform and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), the Federal Communications Commission’s Network Reliability and Interoperability Council and several other advisory boards by President W. Bush. He also served on the Defense Business Board under three Presidents, including the present Administration. Joe has an active Top Secret clearance with the U.S. Government.
Joe received his undergraduate degree from the Colorado School of Mines and his graduate degree from Yale University.