Lorin Selby


Former Chief of Naval Research and Former Chief Engineer, U.S. Navy

Rear Admiral Lorin Selby, USN (Ret), is an accomplished senior executive whose service is highly respected as a gifted and well-rounded leader, a submarine officer, an acquisition professional, a nuclear engineer, and as one of the most technically talented executives and innovators. Throughout his career, Lorin’s expertise has been consistently sought after to solve many of the most complex and challenging problems, particularly when non-linear, innovative, critical thinking is called for. He has generated success after success, breaking the mold, using his unique trouble-shooting skills and superb communications to drive toward solutions. He is adept at developing cohesive and collaborative partnerships within and outside of an organization, while applying executive leadership and business acumen to create and execute an enterprise vision, strategy, and tactics. A driver of change, Lorin draws on a superb record of success in leadership roles and superb interpersonal and communication skills to build resilient, high-performing teams whose actions are directed by a strong sense of values and ethical behavior.

In his last Navy role, he served as the Chief of Naval Research, where he led a distributed team of 3800 personnel in developing leading edge technologies for the US Navy and Marine Corps, overseeing a $4B investment. A stand-out achievement in this role was his massive overhaul of STEM outreach by adopting social media, virtual engagements and a video series featuring diverse scientists and engineers, demonstrating his skill as a public speaker and strategic communicator.

Lorin served in a number of high-profile positions throughout his career, achieving significant impacts as a Navy leader. Notably, he was the first non-Engineering Duty Officer selected as the Chief Engineer of the Navy and Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, brought in to drive innovation, optimize performance and generate new ways of doing business. He excelled as Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Centers, again the first submarine officer assigned to a surface warfare R&D hub, again for the same reasons. His command at sea was USS GREENEVILLE (SSN 772); he also shone ashore in highly visible roles such as Deputy Director, Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives.

He holds a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia, a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Engineer Degree from MIT and has completed extensive executive business coursework. During his career, his achievements have been recognized by numerous personal and unit awards.

Lorin looks forward to applying his expertise to complex problem-solving challenges in the private sector.  He is excited to help companies and organizations bring teams and technologies together to solve complex problems and create new products and processes to better our world.