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In 1980, 59% of US public corporations had some form of CEO military background, According to college scene, In 2009 this percentage had dropped to 8%.

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Despite the dramatic decline over the past 40 years, there are still many CEOs who have taken the leadership lessons learned in the military. fortune 500 Boardroom.

Here are 10 current and former CEOs who have served in the US military.

alex gorsky

FILE – Johnson & Johnson Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky speaks during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on March 10, 2021 in Washington, DC, US. Photographer: El Drago/Businesshala via Getty Images

Alex Gorsky, President and CEO johnson and johnson, served in the US Army for six years. Prior to his service, Gorsky attended the US Military Academy at West Point, according to johnson and johnson bio, Gorsky is set to step down in January of 2022.

Frederick W Smith

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FILE – Frederick “Fred” Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Corp, speaks during the 2013 IHS CERAWeek conference on March 8, 2013 in Houston, Texas, US. Photographer: F. Carter Smith / Businesshala via Getty Images

according to their corporate bio pageFrederick W. Smith, president and chief executive officer of FedEx, was an officer in the US Marine Corps for four years from 1966 to 1970.

Ken Hicks

Ken Hicks president, president, and CEO sporting Goods and apparel company Academy Sports. He previously served as the CEO of Foot Locker from 2009 to 2014.

Hicks attended West Point for his bachelor’s degree and served in the US military, according to veteran benefits,

Scott Wines


FILE – Scott Wines, president and CEO of Polaris Industries Inc., speaks during a Businesshala television interview on November 11, 2015 in New York. Photographer: Chris Goodney/Businesshala via Getty Images

Scott Wines, CEO of CNH Industrial, a global capital goods company. Wines is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He serves on the boards of US Bancorp and the US Naval Academy Foundation.

He was CEO at Polaris Industries Inc., before joining CNH in January 2021, and has held roles at defense companies including United Technologies Corporation, Danaher Corp and Allied Signals Corp, which is a subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc.

Alan B Miller

Universal Health Services was founded in 1979 by Alan B. Miller, who is still the president and CEO of the hospital management company. According to him, Miller also served in the US Army in the 77th Infantry Division UHS Bio Page,

Sumner Redstone


FILE – Viacom’s Sumner Redstone arrives at the Dolby Theater at the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” on May 14, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Fraser Harrison/Getty Images)

Billionaire Sumner Redstone, who died in 2020 at the age of 97, was the former president and chief executive officer of National Entertainment, who eventually took control of Viacom in1996, and CBS in 2000. The companies now operate as VicaomCBS. According to reports, he served in the US Army during World War II, breaking the Japanese military code.

Lowell C. McAdam

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FILE – Lowell McAdams, Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Communications Inc., speaks during the 2018 Makers Conference on February 6, 2018 in Hollywood, California, US. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Businesshala via Getty Images

According to him, former Verizon CEO Lowell C. McAdam served in the US Navy Civil Engineering Corps for six years. bio page,

Robert A McDonald


FILE – U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald remarks before presenting U.S. President Barack Obama at Veterans Day at Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo

After serving as President, President and CEO of Procter & Gamble, Robert A. McDonald became Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 2014 under President Obama.

McDonald graduated from West Point and served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne Division, according to his Website,

James A Skinner

James A. Skinner, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and former CEO of McDonald’s Corporation, served in the US Navy for nearly 10 years, including the Vietnam War, according to veteran benefits,

Robert J Stevens

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FILE – President and Chief Executive Officer Lockheed Martin Corporation Robert J. Stevens addresses guests during the United Kingdom F-35 Lightning II delivery ceremony at Lockheed Martin on July 19, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Penningt

Retired Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin Robert J. Stevens served in the US Marine Corps for six years, according to his Lockheed Martin Bio,

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