Clayton (Clay) M. Jones has served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell Collins since June 2002. He had been president and chief executive officer since 2001; he had also served as president of Rockwell Collins and was a corporate officer and senior vice president of Rockwell International. He also held positions as vice president and general manager of the Collins Air Transport Division and as corporate senior vice president of Government Operations and International in Washington, D.C., where he represented all Rockwell businesses to international and domestic customers.
From 1988 to 1995, Clay was responsible for the space and aircraft systems business areas as vice president of Aerospace Government Affairs and Marketing at Rockwell’s Government Operations office in Washington. In 1982, he was sponsored by Rockwell to serve a fellowship in a White House Executive Exchange program.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Clay joined Rockwell International in 1979 after serving in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University.
Clay serves on the Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM), and on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industry Association (AIA). In addition, he is a member of The Business Council and the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a director of the Unisys Corporation and of Deere & Company.
In the Cedar Rapids region, Clay serves on the Board of Directors of Priority One, the economic development arm of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Tippie College of Business Board of Visitors at the University of Iowa, the Board of Trustees for the United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI), and is a member of the Iowa Business Council.
Clay and his wife Deborah have two daughters, Lindsey and Melissa.