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James D. Taiclet

Also Known As James Donald Taiclet, Jr., James Taiclet

CEO of Lockheed Martin

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James Donald Taiclet, Jr. is an American business executive who has been the president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, Inc.(LMT) since June 2020, and chairman since March 2021.

Military service :

From 1985 to 1991, Taiclet was a pilot in the United States Air Force, serving as aircraft commander, instructor pilot and unit chief of standardization and evaluation. During Operation Desert Shield, he flew multiple missions in a Lockheed C-141 Starlifter transport jet. His rotational assignments included the Joint Staff and Air Staff at the Pentagon. 

Business career :

Taiclet first worked in the private sector as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. from July 1991 to February 1996. He then joined Pratt & Whitney as vice president of engine services until 1999, and was then president of Honeywell Aerospace Services until 2001.

In 2001, American Tower recruited Taiclet for the role of chief operating officer. He was named chief executive officer of American Tower in October 2003 after the departure of Steven B. Dodge, and was selected as chairman in February 2004. He remained as CEO and on the board of American Tower until 2020. 

In 2018, Taiclet joined the board of directors of Lockheed Martin.

In June 2020 Taiclet was named as CEO of Lockheed Martin, succeeding Marillyn Hewson. He was named chairman of the company in January 2021.

Other memberships :

While he was CEO of American Tower, Taiclet and his wife supported the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation as well as the Charles River Center. He also serves on the board of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a trustee.

Taiclet hold memberships on the boards of various non-profits and NGOs such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Catalyst.org, the U.S.-India Business Council, the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, and has attended the World Economic Forum.

Early Life

James Taiclet was born May 13, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1960. His father, James Sr., served in the U.S. Army at the Wiesbaden Air Base in Germany, and later became a boilermaker in Pittsburgh. His mother, Mary Ann (née Foley), was a homemaker and school administrator.

Taiclet graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1982 with a degree in engineering and international relations. While at the Academy, Taiclet played on the rugby team, serving as captain during his senior year.

Taiclet earned a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University. Taiclet has a fellowship at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.


  • MBA - Princeton University


  • Lockheed Martin - CEO

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From 2013 to 2018, Taiclet was named to Harvard Business Review's list of Best-Performing CEOs in the World.