Clayton M. Jones
Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Elected to Deere & Company
Board of Directors, 2007
Clayton M. Jones retired in July 2013 as the chief executive officer and in July 2014 as the chairman of Rockwell Collins, Inc. He served as chairman, president and chief executive officer beginning in June 2001.
Jones joined Rockwell International in 1979. He received a Rockwell-sponsored fellowship in 1982 to participate in the White House Executive Exchange program. In 1988, Jones was named vice president of Aerospace Government Affairs and Marketing at Rockwell Government Operations in Washington, D.C. In 1995, he was appointed corporate senior vice president for Government Operations and International at Rockwell Government Operations in Washington, D.C. Later that year, he was named vice president and general manager for Collins Air Transport Division in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1998, Jones was appointed president of Rockwell Collins and corporate officer and senior vice president of Rockwell International.
Besides serving on Deere's board, Jones is on the board of directors for Rockwell Collins, Inc. and Cardinal Health, Inc. Other memberships include the board of directors for General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He's a member of The Business Council and the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Jones graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his MBA from George Washington University in 1986.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot from 1971 to 1979.