Robert J. Bianchi, Rear Admiral, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.), is the Defense Commissary Agency’s interim director and chief executive officer. His appointment is effective November 6, 2017. Adm. Bianchi is also CEO of the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) and will continue to serve in that capacity while he is with DeCA.
As DeCA’s interim director and CEO, Adm. Bianchi oversees the operations and business processes of an agency that employs more than 15,000 at its headquarters, in its five geographic areas and nearly 240 commissaries in 13 countries. He manages an annual budget of $7 billion, with annual sales of nearly $5 billion.
In his position as the NEXCOM CEO, Adm. Bianchi provides leadership and management oversight for the $3 billion annual worldwide operations of Navy Exchanges, Navy Lodges, Ships Stores, Navy Uniform Program Management Office, Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility and Personal Telecommunications Services.
Adm. Bianchi is NEXCOM's first civilian CEO. He joined the command after retiring from the U.S. Navy with more than 29 years of service as a Navy Supply Corps Officer. While in the Navy, he served in various senior leadership positions including Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Fleet Readiness and Fleet Supply Officer, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; Commander, Navy Exchange Service Command; Deputy Commander for Aviation, Naval Inventory Control Point; Military Advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics & Materiel Readiness); and Supply Officer, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
A native of Vineland, New Jersey, Adm. Bianchi attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Navy ROTC scholarship, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. Upon graduation in 1982, he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. He earned a Master's degree in Business Administration with distinction from Harvard University in 1992, and completed the Wharton School of Business Executive Development Program in 2003.
Adm. Bianchi's military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).
(Current as of November 2017)