Billy Don Farris

Partner

Gloucester, VA

Billy Don Farris is a Partner at McChrystal Group, leading engagements with technology, retail, financial services, healthcare, and defense industry companies.

Education
  • B.S. United States Military Academy at West Point
  • M.M.A.S. US Army Command & General Staff College

Meet Billy Don

What did you do before joining McChrystal Group?

I retired from the US Army in 2013 as a Brigadier General after more than 30 years on active duty. Much of my career was spent as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division commanding soldiers at every level from company through brigade.

I actively participated in complex decision-making processes at the most senior levels of the Department of Defense while serving in key staff assignments for the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Secretary of the Army, the Under-Secretary of Defense (Policy), and as the senior operational planner in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I have over four years of combat leadership experience following multiple operational tours in Panama, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Most notably, in 2007, I commanded the lead brigade task force deployed in support of the historic surge in Iraq.

I did my Security Studies Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Why did you join McChrystal Group?

I enjoy working with exceptional leaders and wanted to be part of an elite team that helps other leaders improve organizational performance.


What has been your proudest moment at McChrystal Group?

There have been several, but I am most proud of watching many of our junior teammates grow as leaders.


What has been your most interesting travel spot with a McChrystal Client?

Observing consumer product factories in China.

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