Major General Andrew Davis

Chief Executive Officer, World War II Foundation

USMC

Bio

Major General Drew Davis is chief executive officer of the World War II Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of educating current generations on the courage, dedication and sacrifice of the World War II generation through the production of documentary films for airing globally on public television.

General Davis retired from the Marine Corps in October 2008 after a 38-year military career including tours in three wars. He was commissioned as a Marine officer in 1970 following graduation from Princeton University. During his career, he served as an infantry officer and commanded at every level from platoon to force. His Marine Reserve infantry battalion was activated for Operation Desert Storm in 1990, and deployed to the Philippines where it became the first Reserve battalion to qualify as special operations capable and conducted the relief of the Subic Bay naval base in the wake of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. Promoted to brigadier general in 2000, Davis was the director of Marine Corps Public Affairs at the Pentagon from 2001 to 2003. There, he led the development of the embedding program for frontline journalists in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Subsequently, Davis commanded U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa from 2005 to 2007, and the Marine Corps Mobilization
Command until his retirement in 2008.

His decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal.

In his civilian profession, Davis worked in the newspaper industry as reporter, editor, publisher, and educator. He was group publisher of Pioneer Press Newspapers and president of Chicago Sun-Times Features, Inc. He served as associate director of Northwestern University’s Media Management Center, president of the American Press Institute, executive director of the Reserve Officers Association of the U.S., and senior director of the Capstone-Keystone-Pinnacle program for new flag and general officers at National Defense University.

In community service, he is the founding president of the Princeton Veterans Alumni Association and vice chairman of the Annapolis Maritime Museum. He mentors veteran entrepreneurs in the Global Fund for Good Veteran Leadership Program. He is a fellow of the American College of National Security Leaders.

He is married to Margaret Bergan Davis, president emerita of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Residents of Annapolis, MD, they are avid cruising and racing sailors.