Eric Patten CEO/President, U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.)

Prior to joining Ocean Aero, Eric was the Director, Defense and Intelligence Global Solutions for the geospatial technology leader Esri, where he led his team to build awareness of Esri's geospatial technology within the defense and intelligence communities worldwide. Before joining Esri in 2010, Eric served as a US Navy Captain with a 25-year career of distinguished service. He was the Director of Operations for the US Navy's Southwest region, responsible for shore-based operations including those supporting anti-terrorism, fire and emergency services, emergency management, and air and port operations. He served as navigator aboard the USS Ronald Reagan on several deployments including its maiden deployment to the Middle East in support of the global war on terrorism. Eric was the commanding officer of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Five One in Japan and has held several posts on a number of naval vessels. He also led combat missions as a naval aviator.

BA Political Science, Washington State University
MA, National Security and Strategic Studies, US Naval War College