Title: Engineering Executive (Retired)
Location: La Jolla, California, United States
John H. Warner, Jr., a Retired Engineering Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in business.
When Dr. Warner was in high school, he excelled in math and science and decided he wanted to pursue the subjects further. Engineering seemed the perfect fit since it combined the two, so he set out and earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1963. That year, he received a fellowship from the United States Atomic Energy Commission and a position as a staff member of the Marquardt Corporation, and between 1964 and 1965, he received a fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Warner proceeded to earn a Master of Science in nuclear engineering and a PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1965 and 1967, respectively. His PhD dissertation topic was “Energy-Dependent Transport Theory Analysis of Infinite Medium Neutron Wave Propagation.”
Degrees in hand, Dr. Warner entered the field as a staff member and section manager at TRW Systems Group and as a faculty member of West Coast University. He then joined the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a staff member in 1973. The organization was a small company with about 200 employees, and it was here where Dr. Warner realized his true leadership potential. Over the course of his years there, Dr. Warner advanced through various line management and corporate administration positions and had a wide variety of responsibilities. As a line manager, he was expected to oversee more than 13,500 employees in seven diversified sectors with total revenues over $1.6 billion. He dealt with both domestic and international government and commercial customers, mainly defense and intelligence agencies, and for handling contract and product sales activities. When he progressed into corporate administration, his duties changed to focus more on infrastructure across the corporation, including ethics, quality, program management, software processes, performance, insurance, information and telecommunication systems, and security. He is particularly proud of his contributions to the growth of the technology company. The company had less than $10 million in annual revenues when he started, and by the time he retired as the executive vice president, chief administrative officer, and director in 2007, SAIC was a Fortune 500 corporation with $8.2 billion in revenues and over 44,000 employees.
While at SAIC, Dr. Warner also completed terms as a board member of the California and San Diego Regional Chambers of Commerce, the California Business Round Table, the La Jolla Music Society and as a trustee of Scripps Health. He also served on several dean’s advisory committees at SDSU, UCLA and UCSD. In 2006, he was named a Director of the Year by the Corporate Directors Forum. Widely regarded for his expertise in business management and growth, Dr. Warner currently serves as a board director at three companies, Cubic Corporation, ICW Group and Trex Enterprises. He is pleased with his success and advises younger professionals to take calculated risks, learn from their mistakes and not be afraid of failure. He specifically urges those in leadership positions to practice ethical behavior and to hire, work with and reward very good people while also developing an intimate understanding of customers and competition. Dr. Warner has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
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