Raymond T. Odierno, Chairman
General Raymond T. Odierno culminated his nearly 40 year military career serving as the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 2011 to 2015. A native of Rockaway, New Jersey, General Odierno attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1976 with a commission in Field Artillery. He commanded at every echelon, from platoon to theater, with duty around the world. While assigned to U.S. Army Europe, General Odierno served as a battalion executive officer and division artillery executive officer including deployment for Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. He later commanded 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division, and the Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division.
In 1998, he was the Deputy Commanding General, Task Force Hawk in Albania during the war in Kosovo. General Odierno commanded the 4th Infantry Division, leading the division during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from April 2003 to March 2004 including the capture of Iraq’s deposed dictator, Saddam Hussein. From December 2006 to February 2008, he served as the Commanding General, Multi-National Corps – Iraq (III Corps), the operational commander of the surge of forces. He then served as the Commanding General, Multi- National Force – Iraq, subsequently United States Forces - Iraq, from September 2008 until September 2010. From October 2010 until August 2011, he commanded United States Joint Forces Command. Other significant assignments include: Arms Control Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he was the military advisor to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
Currently, General Odierno is the President of Odierno Associates, LLC. He serves as a Senior Advisor to JPMorgan Chase & Company to provide strategic advice and global insights to Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon and members of the Operating Committee. He is a Senior Advisor to both Teneo Holdings, LLC and Virtu Financial, Inc.; he is Chairman of the Board for Eastern Airlines and Special Advisor to the Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell. General Odierno serves on the Board of Trustees for both the Institute of World Politics and the Patriot Foundation. He provides advice on a broad range of issues including international planning and country risk analysis, operations and the rapidly evolving issues of physical and cyber security.
General Odierno holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from West Point and a Master’s degree in Nuclear Effects Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a graduate of the Army War College and holds a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He also holds three honorary degrees, a Doctorate in Military Science from Norwich University, a Doctorate in Humane Letters from North Carolina State University, and a Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa from the Institute of World Politics.
General Odierno is married to his wife, Linda. They have three children and four grandchildren.
James Tolzien, Chief Financial Officer
Jim Tolzien has over 40 years of business experience in a variety of executive management, operations, and financial reporting positions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings, and turnarounds, as well as experience as a CFO of several major corporations. In his last assignment prior to Eastern, he oversaw all of the finances and operations for Sunbelt, a diversified group of companies acquired by a private equity firm in Miami.
Prior to joining Sunbelt, Mr. Tolzien was President at TraveLeaders, a $300 million corporate travel management company, which operated in 10 states and provided full-service travel consultation to large corporations. Mr. Tolzien led acquisition negotiations, due diligence, and post-close integration of 20 small to medium sized companies in 14 months, and successfully re-negotiated $40 million in debt out of default post 9/11.
He has also served as Senior Vice President of North American Operations for Alamo Rent A Car, a $1.5 billion global car rental company with company-owned operations around the globe. While at Alamo, Mr. Tolzien led the negotiations, due diligence, and post-close financial integration for the $650 million sale of the company to AutoNation (NYSE: AN), and headed domestic operations subsequent to the sale.
Prior to Alamo, Mr. Tolzien was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Budget, a $1.2 billion global car rental company, ranking fourth in United States market share during his tenure. At Budget, Mr. Tolzien led all financial aspects of a management-sponsored LBO from Transamerica, a subsequent IPO, and the ultimate sale of the public company to Ford Motor Company. In addition, he successfully negotiated and closed on a 36 bank syndication of a $750 million credit line for foreign vehicle financing, acquisitions, and general corporate purposes.
Mr. Tolzien, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois.