Maj. Gen. Chris Cortez ’71, a member of Marietta College’s Board of Trustees, will be speaking on campus from 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13. (CANCELED: Mr. Cortez was not able to make it to Marietta because of inclement weather)
Cortez, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 33 years, will speak in the Alma McDonough Auditorium, and it will be free and open to the public.
Cortez joined Microsoft Corp. in 2006 and is now General Manager of Strategic Operations for the U.S. Public Sector. Additionally, he works with Public Safety and National Security teams around the globe.
Prior to that he was Microsoft’s lead strategist and spokesperson for the Worldwide Public Sector’s Government Industry, leading a global team that addressed eGovernment/Public Services, National Security, Public Safety, Postal Services, Taxation and Tourism.
In his final assignment as commander of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Cortez directed the recruitment of 40,000 new Marines per year, exceeding goals established by the Department of Defense.
Cortez also served as Director of Operations for the U.S. Pacific Command, where he oversaw operations for 300,000 U.S. military personnel in an area encompassing over half of the globe.