Lloyd Austin, former U.S. Central Command commander, has been elected to joinÂ United Technologies Corp.‘s (NYSE: UTX) board of directors.
UTC said WednesdayÂ the retired U.S. Army general will join the companyÂ on Sept. 1 and become one of 14 board members.
AustinÂ served in the Army for over 41 years and held variousÂ command and staff roles, including as commanding general for Centcom with coverageÂ acrossÂ aÂ 20-country region that includes Iraq, Syria, Iran and Afghanistan.
“General Austin is renowned for his distinguished character, exceptional leadership skills and deep understanding of national security issues, international relations and the challenges facing the global community, ” said Gregory Hayes, UTC president andÂ CEO.
Austin has also served asÂ commander of United States Forces-Iraq and vice chief of staff of the Army.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a master’s degree in education and business management fromÂ Auburn University and Webster University, respectively.