Clayton M. Jones
Chief Executive Officer
Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Elected to Deere & Company
Board of Directors, 2007
Clayton M. Jones is chairman and chief executive officer of Rockwell Collins. He was appointed CEO in June 2001 and assumed the role of chairman the next year.
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, DC. In 1995, he was appointed corporate senior vice president for Government Operations and International at Rockwell Government Operations in Washington, DC. 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. Other memberships include board of directors for General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and member of the board of governors for Aerospace Industries Association. He's a member of The Business Council, Business Roundtable, and the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Jones is also affiliated with a number of Iowa organizations.
Jones graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his M.B.A. from George Washington University in 1986.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot from 1971 to 1979.