Patrick O’Connell has worked with the HS2, Ltd., team as executive director of the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC, since 2016. In this position, Patrick O’Connell has focused his efforts on transforming and enhancing all HS2 and Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) processes.
Over the last few decades, technological developments have come to the United States Navy in waves, leading to asynchronistic, piecemeal updates that do not always lend themselves to seamless integration. The result has been suboptimal system performance, particularly in regards to analytics, at an unsustainable cost.
When Mr. O’Connell accepted his current position, his primary focus was to bring all CNP processes and technologies up to speed. Over the past three years he has established a holistic plan that addresses every aspect of the CNP operating model, with an added emphasis on information technology (IT) integration, despite the onboard team having no prior transformation experience. The Chief of Naval Operations accepted the new CNP operating model less than one year after Mr. O’Connell’s hiring.
More recently, the operating model gained support from the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, which resulted in the Department of Navy Chief Information Officer's advancing the model into a fee-for-service, cloud-based mode. This initiative is now moving from the planning to execution phase.
The chief of naval personnel for the United States Navy, Patrick O’Connell has more than three decades of public and private senior executive experience.