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Executive Profile: Lou Crenshaw, Grant Thornton Principal & Aerospace and Defense Industry Lead

Lou Crenshaw

Retired Vice Adm. Lewis (Lou) W. Crenshaw Jr. serves as national aerospace and defense practice leader for Grant Thornton.

Crenshaw, who joined the company in 2007, most recently was responsible for the defense and intelligence sector of the firm’s global public sector practice.

Prior to Grant Thornton, Crenshaw served for over 30 years in the U.S. Navy.

During his service in the Navy, he commanded a medium attack squadron (VA-85), a carrier air wing (CVW-1) and an aircraft carrier battle group (John F. Kennedy Strike Group/ Carrier Group SIX).

As a flag officer, he specialized in financial operations and budgeting, serving 3 tours of duty in the Navy’s N-8 Programming and Budgeting Directorate, ending his career as the deputy chief of Naval operations for resources, requirements and assessments.

Additionally he served as the commander of U.S. Navy activities, Europe where he was responsible for all Naval bases located in Europe.

Crenshaw was selected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011.

Crenshaw is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

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