Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors for Siemens Government Technologies, the company announced Monday.
McChrystal served in the Afghanistan command post from 2009-10 prior to his retirement after a 34-year Army career. From 2008-09, he served as director of the Joint Staff, where he assisted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the unified strategic direction of the armed forces. Prior to that, he served as commander of Joint Special Operations Command, a component that studies requirements and techniques for special operations.
McChrystal also delivered televised Pentagon briefings during the 2003 Iraq War as a member of Joint Staff.
“I am proud to join the board of a company whose innovative products, solutions and services are helping our government customers perform their missions to address our nation’s most complex problems,” McChrystal said in the Siemens announcement. “I am confident about the management team’s vision and leadership to significantly strengthen Siemens’ position in the federal market, and I look forward to making a positive impact in ensuring our success.”
Siemens also appointed retired Army Lt. Gen. John Sylvester to the business unit’s board of directors. Sylvester, a Silver Star recipient for his service during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, most recently served as chief of staff at headquarters of U.S. European Command in Germany. Sylvester retired from the Army in 2004.