Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO of General Dynamics and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said in a statement published Wednesday Mattis is a principled and deliberate leader and the company is honored to have him on the board.
Mattis previously served on the company’s board between August 2013 and January 2017. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and the Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
His four-decade military career included time as head of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Joint Forces Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Command for Transformation. He also served as commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and executive secretary to the defense secretary.