Richard Greco Jr.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management
Richard Greco is likely the first Navy comptroller to have assisted a former president and former national security adviser on a book about foreign policy. That is what he did for President George H.W. Bush and Brent Scowcroft, the authors of A World Transformed (Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 1998) in the mid-1990s while working at The Scowcroft Group, an investment advisory firm.
In 1997, Greco joined Stern Stewart and Co., where he was a vice president and managing director, and founded and led Ambrosetti Stern Stewart Italia, a joint venture in Italy that specialized in corporate valuation and financial market research. At Stern Stewart, he also ran the government services division, which helped agencies implement modern corporate finance practices. The experience no doubt helped prepare him for the Navy, where he manages a $120 billion budget and a workforce of about 9,000.
Greco left Stern Stewart in 2002 when he was appointed a White House Fellow and became a special assistant to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. That experience took him to Baghdad for six weeks, where he advised the presidential envoy to Iraq, L. Paul Bremer. After his fellowship ended, he joined the Coalition Provisional Authority as acting director for private sector development and served as a liaison between the international private sector and the CPA in Baghdad.
Greco holds an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.
In 1998, he founded The Montfort Academy, a Catholic school in Katonah, N.Y., that emphasizes classical studies "for boys who dream of Harvard and heaven," according to the school's Web site.