Today, February 1, marks the first day where retired Adm. Michael Mullen joins the General Motors Board of Directors. Mullen was recently the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011. He also served as principal military advisor to former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, as well as two Secretaries of Defense.
Today, Mullen is a visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. The retired Admiral graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968, two years before GM CEO Dan Akerson. Mullen then went on to earn a Master’s of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, where afterwards he finished the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
His officer tenure in the U.S. Navy is obviously impressive, having commanded three ships, to an aircraft carrier battle group and an entire fleet. The four-star Admiral saw his final command in Europe for NATO. He made himself to be the Navy’s highest ranking officer, as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations from 2005 to 2007.
Mullen’s addition brings the GM Board to a total of 15 members.