Current Board Members



Nominees to the Defense Business Board

The following individuals have been asked to serve on the FY 2022 Defense Business Board:

Joseph Anderson - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), TAG Holdings, LLC

David Beitel – Chief Technology Officer, Zillow Group

Sally Donnelly – Founding Partner, Pallas Advisors and former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense

Cheryl Eliano – National Vice President District 10, American Federation of Government Employees

Christopher Gopal, PhD – Executive, Consultant, Author and Educator, Global Supply Chain & Operations

Linnie Haynesworth – Former Vice President Northrop Grumman and Independent Board Director

Erin Hill – Chief Administrative Officer, BNY Mellon

Mellody Hobson –  Chair, Board of Trustees, Ariel Investment Trust; Co-Chief Executive Officer and President, Ariel Investments; Chair of the Board of the Starbucks Corporation; Director, JPMorgan Chase

Jennifer McClure – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Unbridled Talent

Oscar Munoz – Retired Chairman, President and CEO, United Airlines

Gen Larry Spencer, USAF (Ret) – President, Armed Forces Benefit Association and 5Star Life Insurance Company; 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force

David Van Slyke, PhD – Dean and Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

GEN Joseph Votel, USA (Ret) – President and CEO, Business Executives for National Security; former Commander of United States (U.S.) Central Command

Hon. David Walker – Former U.S. Comptroller General

GEN Johnnie Wilson, USA (Ret) – Former Director, Washington First Bank; former Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command 

Saf Yeboah-Amankwah – Chief Strategy Officer, Intel Corporation

Former Chairs

  • William "Gus" Pagonis (2002-2006)
  • Michael J. Bayer (2007-2011)
  • John Goodman (2011-2014)
  • Bobby L. Stein (2014-2015)
  • Michael J. Bayer (2015-2017)
  • Bill Simon (2018-2019)
  • Michael J. Bayer (2019-2020)

Presidential Appointments of Former Members After Serving on the Board

  • Barbara Barrett as Secretary of the Air Force
  • Denis Bovin as President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
  • Stephen Friedman as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, Council of Economic Advisors
  • Bob Hale as Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller
  • Dennis Hightower as Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • Phil Merrill as Chairman of the Export-Import Bank
  • Richard Spencer as Secretary of the Navy