John P. Jumper '66
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, SAIC
General, United States Air Force, Retired
(In-state alumnus, appointed July 2009)
John Jumper joined the private sector in September 2005 following an extraordinary 39-year military career, including serving as the 17th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force leading more than 700,000 men and women through the Global War on Terrorism. He administered annual budgets of more than $100 billion and oversaw the delivery of numerous air and space combat and support systems, from the F-22 fighter to the Predator and Global Hawk unmanned systems. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he provided military advice directly to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council.
Prior to his position as Chief of Staff, General Jumper served as a wartime commander during conflicts in Iraq, Serbia and Kosovo. He also served as Senior Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and Secretary Les Aspin. He has accumulated 5000 flying hours that includes more than 1400 combat hours in Vietnam and Iraq.
More recently John served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SAIC, then an $11B public company. During his tenure he led a transformational separation of the company and continued as Chairman and CEO of the new public company, Leidos, until his retirement in 2014. He continues to serve on the board of Leidos as well as the boards of Hyster-Yale, NACCO Industries and Rolls-Royce North America. He also serves on non-profit Boards of The Marshall Foundation, The VMI Board of Visitors, The Museum of the American Revolution, and the Air Force Village Charitable Foundation. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Spotsylvania, Virginia. They have three daughters, Catherine, Janet and Melissa who all served in the Air Force.