PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) (“Textron”) announced that General James T. Conway has been elected to the company's Board of Directors, effective April 27, 2011. Conway is a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who was the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
“We are honored to add General Conway to our Board,” said Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly. “His military experience and knowledge of Textron’s diverse military products and technologies will greatly benefit our company - we are fortunate to have a leader of such caliber helping to shape our company’s direction,” Donnelly added.
Among Conway’s previous postings were Director of Operations (J-3) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commanding General of 1st Marine Division and I Marine Expeditionary Force, taking part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and First Battle of Fallujah. On October 22, 2010, he turned the position of Commandant over to James F. Amos, his Assistant Commandant, at a ceremony at Marine Barracks, Washington, DC. Defense secretary Robert Gates presented Conway with his third Defense Distinguished Service Medal during the change-in-command. Conway then retired on November 1, 2010.
Among his numerous leadership positions, Conway commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force during two combat tours in Iraq, with 60,000 troops under his command, including Marines, soldiers, sailors, and British forces. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officers Advanced Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Air War College. He was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and attended Southeast Missouri State University where he graduated in 1969. He was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1970.
Textron is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
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