Board of Directors

General Stanley A. McChrystal

Chairman of the Board

A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called "one of America's greatest warriors" by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. A retired four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing the current counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.

The son of Major General McChrystal, General McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and joined the infantry. He began his military career as a platoon commander in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Over the course of his career, he held several leadership and staff positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division and the XVIII Army Airborne Corp and the Joint Staff. He is a graduate of the US Naval War College and he completed fellowships at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000.

After 9/11, until his retirement in 2010, General McChrystal spent more than seven years deployed to combat in a variety of leadership positions. In 2002, he was the chief of staff for military operations in Afghanistan. A year later he was selected to deliver nationally televised Pentagon briefings about military operations in Iraq. From 2003 to 2008, General McChrystal commanded JSOC where he led the US Military's counter-terrorism efforts all over the world. From the summer of 2008 until June of 2009, General McChrystal was the Director of the Joint Staff. In June of 2009, the President of the United States and the Secretary General of NATO appointed General McChrystal to be the Commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATOISAF. His command included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. On August 1, 2010 General McChrystal retired from the US Army.

General McChrystal is currently the Co-Founder of the McChrystal Group and a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation.

General McChrystal sits on the board of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Navistar International Corporation and JetBlue. He is also heading the White House Initiative, Joining Forces dedicated to encouraging companies, schools, philanthropic and religious groups and local communities to recognize the stress that is endured by families of active-duty personnel, reservists and veterans, and to strive to meet their needs.

General McChrystal resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife of 34 years, Annie.

Lieutenant General John Sylvester

United States Army, Retired

Lieutenant General John B. Sylvester's last duty position was Chief of Staff, Headquarters, United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. He assumed that duty on November 4, 2002 and relinquished it on August 2, 2004. He retired on October 1, 2004 after more than 36 years of active service. He is now a business leader in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lieutenant General Sylvester began his service as a private soldier and was commissioned from Infantry OCS as an Armor officer in 1968. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. His military service includes small unit leadership in Vietnam, four different Company level Commands, Battalion Command on the Inter-German border during the Cold War, Brigade Command during Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, three tours as a general officer in Bosnia culminating in US and NATO Command of over 35,000 troops from 37 Nations, five tours in Germany and the Netherlands, and a wide variety of troop and staff assignments in the United States.

His service with soldiers includes: Platoon Leader and later Commander, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 13th Armor; Platoon Leader, and later Squadron Motor Officer, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Vietnam; Commander, C Company, 5th Battalion, 33rd Armor; Commander, Troop I, 17th Cavalry; Platoon Leader, Air Cavalry Troop and later Commander, E Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; G3 Operations, Allied Forces Central Europe Reserve Corps; S3, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division; Commander, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor, 8th Infantry Division; Commander, Tiger Brigade, 2nd Armored Division, Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM; Commander, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; Assistant Division Commander (Support and then Maneuver), 1st Infantry Division; and Commander, Stabilization Force (SFOR), Operation JOINT FORGE, Bosnia- Herzegovina.

His staff assignments include: Senior Maneuver Instructor, United States Army Field Artillery School; Instructor, Department of Military Instruction, United States Military Academy at West Point; Special Assistant to the Commanding General and Chief of Staff, 8th Infantry Division; Director, Unit Training, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Director, Command and Staff Department and later Chief of Staff, United States Army Armor School; Director of Center for Army Tactics, United States Army Command and General Staff College; Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2/G-3 (Operations), Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps, Germany and Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, Bosnia; Director of Operations, Allied Forces Central Europe, The Netherlands; Assistant Chief of Staff for Military Operations SFOR (Sarajevo), Operation JOINT GUARD, Bosnia; Deputy Chief of Staff for Training, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Chief of Staff, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command and Chief of Staff, United States European Command.

Lieutenant General Sylvester's awards include: four Defense Distinguished Service Medals; two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star; three awards of the Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device; the Bronze Star Medal; four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal; four awards of the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the Army Aviator Badge; the National Order of Merit of France and the Gold Order of Service to the Hungarian Republic.

Robert B. Coutts

Executive Vice President, Electronic Systems, Lockheed Martin Corporation (Retired)

Robert B. Coutts retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation as the Executive Vice President of the Electronic Systems Business Area on April 1, 2008. He was promoted to this position in October 1999 and was responsible for the Corporation's $12 billion Electronic Systems business area. He previously was President and Chief Operating Officer of the $7 billion Systems Integration business area, having been appointed to that position in September 1998. Earlier, Coutts was President of Lockheed Martin Government Electronic Systems in Moorestown, New Jersey. He was elected an officer of the Corporation by the Lockheed Martin Board of Directors in December 1996. Coutts was also a member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin Finance Corporation, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc., Lockheed Martin UK and Lockheed Martin Espana.

Coutts was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sandia Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporate which manages Sandia National Laboratories for the Department of Energy) in 2007. He retained this position until his retirement in April 2008.

Coutts joined Aero & Naval Systems of Lockheed Martin as President in August 1994. Previously, he served as Vice President, Material Acquisition and Subcontract Management for Martin Marietta, where he supported 15 locations across the major aerospace groups of the Corporation.

Prior to joining Martin Marietta during the GE Aerospace merger in 1993, Coutts served as General Manager of the GE Aerospace Operations Syracuse-Utica Division, where he was responsible for the production of radar and sonar systems representing more than $400 million in annual sales.

He began his career at the General Electric Corporation in 1972. After graduating from the GE Manufacturing Management Program (MMP) he held two positions in Lynn, Massachusetts before moving to the Carboloy Division of General Electric, first in Michigan and then as a Plant Manager in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Coutts returned to the Aircraft Engine Group in 1983 and held managerial positions in Albuquerque, New Mexico before becoming the Plant Manager at Aircraft Engine's turbine component facility in Madisonville, Kentucky.

In 1989, he joined the Aircraft Engine Production Division Staff in Evendale, Ohio as Manager of Inventory and Asset Management, where he remained until becoming General Manager of the GE Aerospace Operations Syracuse-Utica Division.

A native of Westbury, New York, Coutts holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) from Tufts University.

Coutts has maintained a strong personal commitment to the community and civic organizations in the areas where he has lived and worked. He is a member of the board of directors of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and he also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Maryvale Preparatory School, the Board of Overseers, College of Engineering, Tufts University, the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary and as a member of the Chapter of the National Cathedral.

He also serves on the boards of Pall Corporation [NYSE: PLL] and its Compensation Committee, The Stanley Black and Decker Corporation [NYSE: SWK] as Chair of its Governance and Nominating Committee, and as a member of its Finance and Pension Committee and on the board of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. [NYSE: HOV] and on its Compensation Committee.

Barbara Humpton

President & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

Barbara Humpton serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., a federally-compliant U.S. organization and leading integrator of Siemens’ innovative products, technologies and services for programs and requirements at federal government agencies and departments in the areas of energy generation, transmission, distribution and efficiency, infrastructure modernization, industrial applications and healthcare. Mrs. Humpton is also an Officer/Director member of the Board of Directors of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

Prior to joining Siemens, Humpton served as a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a Vice President at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential.

Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in Mathematics. She serves on the Government Contracts Advisory Board of the George Washington University Law School. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband David.

Ralf Christian

CEO Energy Management Division of Siemens AG

Born on February 28, 1964 in Bad Nauheim, Germany


Master of Science and Business Administration (Dipl.-Wirtsch.Ing), University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Professional History

  • 1989 Siemens Corporate Research, Inc., Princeton, U.S. - Software Engineer
  • 1990 Siemens AG, Corporate Development, Munich, Germany - Project Manager – Corporate Strategy
  • 1993 Siemens AG, Drives and Products Group, Erlangen, Germany - Head of Product Management & Business Development
  • 1995 Siemens AG, Automation & Drives Group, Erlangen, Germany - General Manager Low Voltage Circuit Protection Subdivision
  • 1998 GE Electrical Distribution & Control, Barcelona, Spain - Director Technology IEC Industrial Control and Protection
  • 1999 GE Industrial, Longarone - Venice, Italy - General Manager GE Procond, Appliance & Automotive Controls
  • 2001 GE Industrial, Power Controls Division, Barcelona, Spain - General Manager of Electrical Distribution Business Unit
  • 2004 Siemens AG, Power Transmission and Distribution Group, Erlangen, Germany - CEO High Voltage Division
  • 2008 Siemens AG, Energy Sector, Erlangen, Germany - CEO Power Distribution Division
  • 2011 Siemens AG, Infrastructure & Cities Sector, Erlangen, Germany - CEO Low and Medium Voltage Division
  • Since October 2014 Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany - CEO Energy Management Division

Axel Meier

CFO, Building Technologies Division, SIEMENS AG

Since January 2015 Axel Meier is the CFO of the Building Technologies Division, a market leader for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As a technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for fire protection, life safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning as well as energy management. Axel Meier leads all aspects of financial management, IT, procurement and logistics for the division of Siemens AG.

Prior to his appointment, Meier was Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Industry, Inc., a multi-billion dollar entity with 22,000 employees throughout the United States. Siemens Industry, Inc. included the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector and the Siemens Industry Sector.

The responsibility encompassed the North American operations of both Siemens sector businesses and its nine divisions.

From 2004 to 2009, Meier served as the CFO of Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., where he contributed to the company’s unprecedented growth and profitability, and oversaw one of the largest SAP implementations in Siemens corporate history.

Between 2000 and 2004 he served as the CFO of the San Diego-based U.S. headquarters of Siemens Information and Communications Mobile, LLC, where, among other accomplishments, he was instrumental in the company’s turnaround.

Meier joined Siemens in 1988 as a financial analyst for Siemens AG in Bocholt, Germany. His broad experience and financial systems acumen led to positions of increasing responsibility within the telecommunications-related businesses of Siemens AG, and resulted in his 1997 appointment to Vice President of Business Administration, Siemens Information and Communication, Mobile.

Meier earned his Diplom-Kaufmann, a financial business management degree, from University Gesamthochschule, Siegen, Germany after serving in the German military. He and his wife Petra currently reside in Switzerland, the International Headquarters of the Division Building Technologies.