Keith L. Thurgood is a member of the faculty at the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point. He had served as President of the Spend and Clinical Management segment of MedAssets from January 2012 to January 2015. Prior to that, he was the President and CEO of Overseas Military Sales Corporation. He also served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Sam’s Club and as the CEO of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), the United States Department of Defense’s $10 billion global for-profit retail arm. He has also held executive positions with Frito-Lay and PepsiCo.
In addition to his civilian job, he has over 28 years of Army service, both active and reserve, and has been mobilized for three active duty tours since Sept 11, 2001, serving as the commanding general of the 143d Transportation Command (Forward) and as the Deputy Commanding General, 377th Theater Support Command, Coalition Forces Land Component Command. Major General Thurgood’s last assignment was the Deputy Director, Office of Business Transformation (Secretary of the Army) and the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Reserve in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Thurgood has a BA in Political Science from Brigham Young University, where he was a ROTC scholarship award winner, recognized for academic achievement, as well as a Distinguished Military Graduate and recipient of the George C. Marshall Leadership Award, conferred annually to the top ROTC cadet at each university. He has a MBA from Boston University, a MS in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Leadership from Capella University.
Mr. Thurgood and his wife, Carol, reside in Plano, Texas.