James Taiclet is president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. He joined the company in this role in June 2020 and has been a director on the Lockheed Martin board of directors since January 2018.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Taiclet was chairman, president and chief executive officer of American Tower Corporation, the fourth largest listed telecommunications company in the U.S. Under his leadership as CEO, the company’s market capitalization grew from approximately $2 billion to over $100 billion. He guided the company’s transformation from a primarily U.S. business to the only truly global player in its industry, with significant assets and operations in 19 countries around the world.
Prior to joining American Tower, Taiclet served as president of Allied Signal, subsequently Honeywell Aerospace Services, conducting worldwide aircraft engine and component overhaul and repair, parts sales and distribution, space operations, and technical services. Prior to that he served as vice president, Engine Services at Pratt & Whitney, responsible for both military and commercial jet engine overhaul and repair.
Taiclet began his career as a United States Air Force officer and pilot, where he logged over 5,000 flying hours as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot, and unit chief of Standardization and Evaluation. His rotational assignments included the Joint Staff and Air Staff at the Pentagon, and he served in the Gulf War and among other missions, was a pilot in one of the first transport aircraft deploying U.S. forces into Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield, a Lockheed C-141B Starlifter.
He holds a master’s degree from Princeton University, where he was awarded a Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson School, and he is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with degrees in engineering and international relations
Mr. Taiclet is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Business Roundtable, and the Business Council. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Brigham and Women’s Health Care, Inc., Lockheed Martin’s Board of Directors, the U.S.-India Business Council board and the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum board. In August 2015, Mr. Taiclet was appointed to the U.S.-India CEO Forum, and, in October 2018, he was appointed Co-Chair of the U.S.-India CEO Forum by the U.S. Department of Commerce.