John P. Jumper is the first chairman and CEO of Leidos, previously the national security, health, and engineering businesses of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Jumper was the chairman and CEO of SAIC beginning March 1, 2012, and continues his tenure with Leidos following the company’s separation on Sept. 27, 2013. Jumper has served as a member of the company’s board of directors since 2007. He was appointed chair of the board in 2012.
Considered an expert on matters concerning the aerospace, defense, industrial, transportation, and automotive business sectors, Jumper most recently served as a senior advisor for private equity firms including the Carlyle Group and the Four Star Group. He has served on the boards of directors of Goodrich Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., NACCO Industries, Inc., and Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. He also served on the board of directors for Somanetics Corporation and TechTeam Global, Inc.
Jumper also sat on a number of nonprofit boards, namely the boards of Rolls Royce of North America, The George C. Marshall Foundation, The Air Force Village Charitable Foundation, and The American Air Museum in Britain as well as the board of visitors of the Virginia Military Institute.
He joined the private sector in November 2005 after serving 39 years in the Air Force, retiring as the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. As a member of the Joint Chiefs, Jumper acted as a military adviser to the secretary of defense, National Security Council, and the president. As chief of staff during both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, he served as the most senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipage of more than 700,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas.
Before taking on the role of chief of staff, Jumper served as commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va. He also has served at the U.S. Department of Defense as deputy chief of staff for Air and Space Operations, as the senior military assistant to two secretaries of defense, and as special assistant to the chief of staff for roles and missions.
Jumper has been involved in numerous major combat and contingency operations since he entered service in 1966. He has received many awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal. He served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia. He has commanded a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, a numbered Air Force, and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Allied Air Forces Central Europe. He is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, including 1,400 combat hours.
Jumper earned his commission in the Air Force as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the Virginia Military Institute in 1966. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Military Institute and a master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. He is a graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.