President & CEO, Wave Systems
Bill Solms is the CEO of Wave Systems Corp., having been appointed by the Board of Directors in October, 2013. He is the third CEO in the company’s 26-year history, succeeding Steven Sprague.
Mr. Solms assumed the role of CEO after serving as the company’s Vice President of North American Sales, where he rapidly restructured the sales team and increased revenues. His more recent private sector experience includes executive positions at the IT consulting firm IntelliDyne, and at A-T solutions where he led a team engaged in a strategic program acquisition in Anti-terrorist and Counter-IED professional services within the US DoD and European defense markets.
As Director of the US Federal Sales team for Oracle on Demand between 2009 and 2010, Bill was in charge of a team of executives responsible for selling Oracle’s suite of hosted services and remotely managed applications used by the US Federal Government, including the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Civilian agencies.
Between 2005-2009, Bill served as a sales executive at Microsoft, responsible for sales and licensing for the full range of Microsoft products for key customers, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, several Combatant Commands and DoD agencies.
Prior to his work in the private sector, Bill enjoyed a distinguished 20+ year military career, capped by service in the Pentagon as a member of the Joint Staff. There he authored a new, 6-phase version of US Military war plans as well as chairing the team revising Joint Publication 3.0 “Joint Operations,” both of which were subsequently approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the new standard across all of the US Department of Defense.
Bill served as Chief of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Training for the Department of the Army between 2002 and 2004 and earlier as the primary Army representative on the $1.6 billion Joint Training Transformation program.
Highlights of his US Army career include serving as the executive officer of the 6th US Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat) in Korea as well as the Operations Officer of an Apache Attack Helicopter Squadron. Other posts include serving twice as an Observer Controller for the US National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA, Officer Commanding of the Aviation Tactics Flight while on exchange with the Canadian Forces in New Brunswick, Canada, Aide de Camp for the Chief of US Army Aviation at Fort Rucker, Alabama, Deputy Operations Officer and Plans Officer for the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and Commander of an Apache Helicopter company in 1-82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, NC.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1985 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Bill makes his home in the Virginia countryside to the west of the Washington, D.C. area with his wife Miriam and their children Billy, Edward and Ellie. He enjoys spending time with his family on their Virginia farm and taking them sailing to tropical destinations in his spare time.