An experienced public and private sector administrator, Patrick O'Connell has served as the executive director of the office of the chief of naval personnel in Washington, DC, since 2016. Outside of the professional arena, Patrick O'Connell is an avid world traveler. The highlights of his journeys include taking safaris by elephant in both India and Africa, as well as spending the night at the Icehotel in northern Sweden.
Actually a series of structures that are rebuilt on an annual basis in the village of Jukkasjärvi, the Icehotel is composed entirely of snow and ice. This exceptional resort began as a one-off project called ARTic Hall. Essentially a huge igloo, ARTic hall served as a large art gallery but also hosted church services, showed films, and offered refreshments at a wet bar.
Established in the early 1990s, the Icehotel became internationally renowned and has won multiple World Travel Awards. Elegantly designed, both the structure and its furniture are made of 100 percent snow and ice. The Icehotel even uses glasses and dishes made out of ice.
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.