Doug Beck

Captain, U.S. Navy Reserve

Doug Beck


Mountain View, CA

Doug Beck is the Director of the Defense Innovation Unit. In this role, Doug oversees efforts to accelerate the Department's adoption of commercial technology throughout the military and also serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on technology innovation, competition, and strategic impact. In his previous experience with DIU, Doug founded and led its joint reserve component from the inception in 2015 through 2019.

Prior to joining DIU, Doug was a Vice President at Apple as a direct report to its CEO, Tim Cook. From 2009-2023, Doug co-led global business development and sales functions, led business across Northeast Asia and the Americas, and, most recently, led several of Apple’s purpose-driven businesses worldwide, including in health, education, and other institutions of public impact. 

Doug also previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Charles Schwab Corporation. Prior to Schwab, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, co-leader of McKinsey's global strategy practice, and a leader of other industry and functional practices in the United States and Asia. In 2000, he was elected as  one of the youngest partners in McKinsey history.

Currently a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Doug served in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006-2007 with a joint special operations task force.  He has also served extensively throughout the Asia Pacific region during his nearly 26 years of service, including command of a large joint reserve unit supporting U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His personal and unit awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Citation. 

Doug holds a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Yale and an M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

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