SAIC Taps Director John Jumper as CEO

John Jumper

SAIC Inc. (NYSE: SAI) has selected five-year SAIC director and former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff John P. Jumper to succeed Walt Havenstein as CEO on March 1.

SAIC’s board of directors said in its announcement Tuesday that Jumper will remain on the board, which he has served on since 2007.

Havenstein became SAIC’s chief executive in September 2009 and announced his intent to retire from the company in October 2011.

“I am proud to have led such a talented and successful team,” said Havenstein. “It has been a great honor to have supported our men and women serving on the front lines around the world in defense of freedom. And it is humbling to be succeeded by such a capable, talented and dedicated leader as John Jumper.”

Jumper, a nearly 40-year Air Force veteran, served as chief of staff between September 2001 and November 2005.

In that role, he was the Air Force’s most senior uniformed officer and was responsible for organizing, training and equipping forces.

Jumper also served as deputy chief of staff for air and space operations and as senior military assistant to two secretaries of defense.

Jumper graduated from Virginia Military Institute‘s ROTC program in 1966 and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University.

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