Adm. Ken Carodine (Ret.), USN

Winning comprises a key part of Ken Carodine’s DNA. He likes winning and enabling those around him to also achieve success. As a leader, Ken led the overall strategy, execution and management of the technical investments and operations for his organizations. As an executive, he successfully delivered IT services and operations that enabled the enterprise to achieve its goals and objectives in an increasingly dynamic and changing business landscape. A people and mission focused executive, Ken simultaneously tracked and managed actions to the level of detail required to successfully lead the information technology and operations management of the organization while contributing to the company’s overall development and direction.

For the last five years, Ken has served as a strategic consultant for Ab Initio Software, a world leader in data integration and management. This role demands Ken to maintain an in-depth knowledge of emerging Data Management technologies, trends, methodologies, and resource management principles. Additionally, Ken provides advisory services in a wide range of technical understanding across IT disciplines and market verticals.

A 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, Ken Carodine is the first officer and sailor from a family of military veterans. He earned a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1994.

Carodine received his designation as a Surface Warfare Officer in 1983, almost one year after his commissioning. After eight years of active duty service, Carodine affiliated with the Navy Reserve (NR) in 1989 and mobilized in 1990 with Carrier Group Seven. During Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm combat operations he served as a Battle Force Watch Captain directing aircraft in the prosecution of enemy patrol boats, and as the Force Over-the-Horizon Track coordinator preventing friendly-fire incidents in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

After over 25 years of sustained superior performance, the Navy selected Ken for promotion to Rear Admiral in 2009. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Ken is only the second African American Flag Officer in the history of the State of Alabama. Rear Admiral Carodine retired from the US Navy in October 2013.

Prior to his selection to flag rank, Carodine served as an information technology executive leader for several large health care insurance companies to include United Healthcare and Health Care Service Corporation. His information technology background spans application development, database management, and analytics. Also a published fiction author, Carodine writes novels centered on naval personnel and technology in today’s dynamic world.

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