Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who led U.S. Central Command for three years until March 2013, has joined the board of directors of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD)
The nearly four-decade military veteran officially joined the board Wednesday and retired from the Marine Corps in May, the company said Wednesday.
Earlier this week, Mattis was also announced as a full-time Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Prior to Centcom, he led U.S. Joint Forces Command between 2007 and 2010.
“Jim Mattis is a visionary and an inspiring leader who is renowned for his wisdom, courage and integrity, ” said Phebe Novakovic, General Dynamics chairman and CEO.
He commanded the 1st Marine Division during the first attack and subsequent stability operations in Iraq during the 2003 war as a major general.
Prior to that, he led the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Task Force 58 in southern Afghanistan during the 2001 war as a brigadier general.
As a lieutenant colonel, he led an assault battalion in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.