Board Member

James D. Taiclet

James D. Taiclet

Chairman, President, and CEO, Lockheed Martin

James D. Taiclet is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin. He became chairman in March 2021 after joining the company as president and CEO in June 2020. Taiclet has been a director on the Lockheed Martin board since January 2018. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he was chairman, president, and CEO of American Tower, one of the largest global real estate investment trusts. Taiclet guided the company’s transformation from a primarily U.S. business to the only truly global player in its industry, with significant assets and operations in nineteen countries. Before he led American Tower, Taiclet served as president of AlliedSignal (subsequently Honeywell Aerospace Services). He also served as vice president, engine services, at Pratt & Whitney, where he was responsible for leading both military and commercial jet engine overhaul and repair. He is a member of the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group and the Business Council. In June 2022, the U.S. secretary of commerce appointed Taiclet as private sector co-chair of the U.S.-India CEO Forum. He is also an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Taiclet earned bachelor’s degrees in engineering and international relations. He also holds a master’s degree from Princeton University, where he was awarded a fellowship at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. 

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