William Lund Putnam
Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Senior Vice President, USAA (Ret.)
Bill Putnam served from 2005 to retirement in 2011 as Senior Vice President, USAA Phoenix and Region Operations, responsible for the consistent, efficient and effective operation of the five major USAA offices remote from home office.
Prior to joining USAA in 2000, Bill served in the United States Navy as a cruiser destroyer officer from 1967 to 2000, retiring in the grade of Rear Admiral.
While on active duty, Bill
commanded a guided missile equipped destroyer during operations off Lebanon and Libya in 1985/1986; a destroyer squadron, remnants of the Kuwaiti Navy
and Special Forces in the northern Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm; and the Abraham Lincoln (carrier) Battle Group
from 1996 to 1998, while it conducted counterterrorism operations in the Arabian Gulf and beyond.
Ashore, he served six tours in the Pentagon in program development, comptrollership and budget.
Bill is an alumnus of Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.
He completed executive programs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, the Insurance Executive Education Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and was a Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Fellow at the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island.
Bill continues to serve as a board member on two non-profits, as a mentor to veterans, and on several community boards.
bride, Jan, live north of the Phoenix campus in Anthem where they focus on grandparenting and community service.