Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. is the CEO of GeoOptics Inc. and serves on several boards including AccuWeather and the Southeastern Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA). Formerly he was Vice President of Scientific Support for CSC Corporation.
As Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (2001-2008), Lautenbacher spearheaded the first international Earth Observation Summit in Washington in July 2003 and the subsequent activity to establish the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and a sustained Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)
Before joining NOAA, he served as President and CEO of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE).
As a Navy Flag Officer he served as Commander, U.S. Third Fleet, Director of Force Structure, Resources, and Assessments (J-8) on the Joint Staff, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Riyadh during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N-8) responsible for developing the Navy Future (five) Years Program and annual budget.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (‘64) and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in applied mathematics.