General Gustave “Gus” Perna

Four-star general who co-led the Coronavirus Task Force’s highly successful ‘Operation Warp Speed’ vaccine deployment; Supply Chain Expert

Gus Perna served as Chief Operating Officer for the nation’s COVID-19 response, a public-private partnership that resulted in the most successful vaccine deployment effort in global history. While most vaccines take a minimum of four years “from lab to jab,” Perna and his team completed their mission in less than 12 months, delivering over 390 million COVID-19 vaccines between December of 2020 and July of 2021. He accomplished similar feats in previous commands, solving the Army’s housing crisis and streamlining the fighting force’s global supply chain. A natural storyteller known for his just-get-it-done attitude, Perna’s principles of leadership, teamwork, secure operations, supply chain mastery, logistics and strategy show business leaders how to make their own organizations hum with warp-speed resilience.