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Immediate Release

Department of Defense Announces New Director for Defense Commissary Agency

The Department of Defense announced today that William Moore has been selected to be the new director and chief executive officer of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). 

The DeCA director position has been vacant since June 2017. In November 2017, DOD leadership asked retired Navy Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, CEO of Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), to step into the DeCA leadership position as interim director and later special assistant for commissary operations to the assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs. He has been overseeing both organizations simultaneously for the past 33 months. 

Under Bianchi’s leadership, DeCA reversed a six-year trend of slumping commissary sales and exceeded the congressionally mandated market basket savings rate of 23.7% for commissary patrons each year. DeCA also introduced over 900 store brands to provide popular items to shoppers at lower price points and began modernizing the commissary shopping experience with the implementation of the Click2Go online shopping program. 

Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Virginia Penrod recently praised Adm. Bianchi’s performance saying, “Rob was the right leader at the right time for DeCA. His ability to anticipate requirements and build coalitions of diverse stakeholders has been key to keeping the commissary store shelves stocked and all of our stores open during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Moore currently serves as the principal deputy to the Army’s deputy chief of staff for logistics, where he is responsible for programming, budgeting and execution of Army logistics. He has also worked in executive leadership positions with the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command and Combined Arms Support Command. 

The DeCA director oversees the management, acquisition, operation, and sustainment of 236 commissaries, as well as distribution centers, a meat-packing plant in Europe, and other facilities, located in 45 states, 13 countries and 2 territories. DeCA also employs more than 13,000 people, and its operations generate almost $5 billion in annual sales. 

Moore’s tenure is expected to begin in August 2020.