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Gen. James F. Amos, USMC, (ret.)
Gen. James F. Amos, USMC, (ret.)


General James F. Amos, retired, serves as Chairman of the LORD Corporation Board of Directors, a position to which the Board elected him in 2015.  General Amos joined the LORD Corporation Board of Directors in December 2014.  He most recently served as the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring on December 1, 2014 after 42 years of service.  He commanded Marine units at every rank from Lieutenant Colonel to General.

During his tenure, Amos reset the Corps’ combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, shepherded the beginning of a force reduction from 241,000 Marines to 221,000, while managing the Corps’ $32+ billion-dollar annual budget.  This was accomplished during a congressionally mandated sequestration.

Amos introduced Marine leadership to industry best-practices regarding diversity and talent management.  He partnered with key legislators to bring national recognition to the service and sacrifices of the Corps’ WWII African American “Montford Point Marines” with the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal.  After 13 years of sustained combat, he began an institutional effort to “ethically reground” his force in line with its legendary high standards of conduct. 

Along with his role on the LORD Board of Directors, Amos is a Director with VT Systems Inc., a member of Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding Strategic Advisory Panel, a Trustee at NOVANT Health, a member of Charlotte’s Veterans Bridge Home Advisory Board, and Founder of Windsock, LLC.