Retired Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, one of the nation’s most accomplished military leaders, has been named to the board of directors of Navistar International Corp., effective immediately, according to a news release.
The selection of Gen. McChrystal increases the number of Navistar board members to 11. He was appointed to be a member of the board’s finance committee.
Navistar is the parent company of Monaco RV LLC.
In a related development, shareholders at Navistar’s annual meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 15) also re-elected three incumbent directors for additional three year terms. They are: John D. Correnti, James H. Keyes and Daniel C. Ustian, a director since 2002 and Navistar chairman, president and CEO.
Gen. McChrystal, 56, is a 34-year U.S. Army veteran of multiple wars. He commanded the U.S. and NATO’s security mission in Afghanistan, served as the director of the Joint Staff and was the commander of Joint Special Operations Command, where he was responsible for the nation’s deployed military counter terrorism efforts.
Gen. McChrystal is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Command and Staff College and was a military fellow at both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Currently the general is a member of the board of directors of JetBlue Airways Corp., a commercial airline. He is also teaching a seminar on leadership at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University and serves alongside his wife, Annie, on the board of directors for the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a non-profit organization committed to helping wounded veterans and their families.
“We are fortunate that Gen. McChrystal is joining the Navistar board of directors,” said Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and CEO. “His years of military leadership and service will be of great value to Navistar as we further expand our global and military businesses.”
McChrystal was known for saying and thinking what other military leaders were afraid to, a factor which led to his appointment to lead all forces in Afghanistan June 15, 2009.
Following unflattering remarks about Vice President Joe Biden and other administration officials attributed to McChrystal and his aides in a Rolling Stone article, McChrystal was recalled to Washington, D.C., where President Barack Obama accepted his resignation of his commands in Afghanistan on June 23, 2010.