Paul H. Pardew is a retired major general with 32 years of distinguished service in the US Army. He is also the son of former US ambassador to Bulgaria James W. Pardew and his wife, Kathy.
Wishing to continue his late parents’ legacy of friendship and support for democratic processes in Bulgaria, Major General (Ret.) Pardew accepted an invitation to join the board of the Anti-Corruption Fund in an advisory capacity. His experience in military procurement makes him uniquely placed to advise Bulgaria’s largest nonprofit dedicated to investigating and publicizing corruption at all levels in the country.
Major General (Ret.) Pardew made a career out of fighting corruption in the Army, one of the six branches of the United States Armed Forces. In his last assignment, he led the Army Contracting Command, the Army’s largest procurement organization of 6,000 acquisition professionals and with an annual budget of $483 million. Under his leadership, the organization managed a $500 billion portfolio of Army procurements and negotiated $9.1 billion in cost savings for fiscal year 2020 alone. In previous leadership positions related to acquisition, he drove effective oversight of contractors, contracts, and resources.
Major General (Ret.) Pardew has been deployed to combat on several occasions, and among his many decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, and Legion of Merit. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the Virginia Military Institute, an MBA from Old Dominion University, and a master of science degree in national resource strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University.
Read an interview with Major General (Ret.) Paul Pardew about his experience professionalizing procurement and rooting out corruption in the military and about his plans as an international advisor of the Anti-Corruption Fund on the site of America for Bulgaria Foundation