James Winnefeld,Â former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a retiredÂ U.S. Navy admiral, has joinedÂ Perthera as a seniorÂ adviser of theÂ McLean, Virginia-based precision medicineÂ company.
The 37-year Navy veteran will advise Perthera on business matters, the companyÂ said Tuesday.
“I have had the opportunity to become a board member or a strategic adviser to some exciting companies, but this is a unique dual opportunity of helping this Perthera achieve success in both business terms and in achieving its mission of fighting and conquering cancer,” said Winnefeld.
He previously served as an instructorÂ atÂ the Navy Fighter Weapons School, aÂ senior aide-de-camp to Gen.Â Colin Powell and commander ofÂ theÂ USS Cleveland amphibious ship, USS Enterprise carrierÂ and the Theodore RooseveltÂ Carrier Strike Group.
Winnefeld also led the NATO Joint Command Lisbon, Northern Command and theÂ North American Aerospace Defense Command.
He is a currentÂ professor within theÂ Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at theÂ Georgia Institute of Technology as well as aÂ member ofÂ the university’s Engineering Hall of Fame and the advisory board.
He alsoÂ serves as a non-resident fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs within Harvard University’sÂ John F. Kennedy School of Government, board member atÂ the U.S. Naval Institute and a member of the U.S. Naval Academy’s board of visitors.