JetBlue Airways has appointed retired General Stanley A. McChrystal to its board of directors. Gen. McChrystal, age 56, was one of the nation’s most accomplished military leaders. A 34-year US Army veteran of multiple wars, Gen. McChrystal commanded the US and NATO’s security mission in Afghanistan, served as the director of the Joint Staff, and was the Commander of Joint Special Operations Command, where he was responsible for the nation’s deployed military counter terrorism efforts.
“I am pleased to join the board of JetBlue, an organization that is known for its quality, innovation, and constant customer focus,” said Gen. McChrystal. “I am eager to begin working with the board and contributing my insights to help strengthen JetBlue’s standing as a great place to work for its 13,300 crewmembers.”
“The addition of Gen. McChrystal to JetBlue’s board adds a new dimension to an already strong corps of advisors,” said Joel Peterson, chairman of the airline’s board of directors. “His reputation for critical thinking and strength in strategy will bring true value to JetBlue as we embark on the next phase of our evolution. I look forward to working together to continue making this one of America’s best-regarded companies.”
“We are honored to have Gen. McChrystal join our airline’s leadership ranks,” said Dave Barger, CEO and president of JetBlue. “As we enter our second decade and continue to grow in new directions, the fresh perspectives and counsel of leaders like Gen. McChrystal will be truly beneficial to maintaining our competitive advantage.”
“There are few people with such depth of experience and the track record of leadership as Gen. McChrystal,” said James Hnat, corporate secretary for JetBlue. “He brings a perspective, a demeanor, and most importantly an understanding of leading a large, diverse workforce that will be invaluable to JetBlue.”
Gen. McChrystal is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Command and Staff College and was a military fellow at both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Currently the General is teaching a seminar on leadership at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University and serves alongside his wife Annie on the Board of Directors for the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a non-profit organization committed to helping wounded veterans and their families.