Clayton M. Jones
Clayton M. (Clay) Jones was named president of Rockwell Collins in 1999, after serving as executive vice president since November 1996. Jones is also senior vice president of Rockwell International.
Rockwell Collins, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, designs, produces, markets, and supports communication and aviation electronics for commercial, military, and government customers. Rockwell International is an electronic controls and communications company with global leadership positions in industrial automation, avionics and communications, and electronic commerce.
Before becoming executive vice president of Rockwell Collins, Jones served as vice president and general manager of the Collins Air Transport Division, a position which he achieved in September 1995. Earlier that year he was appointed 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, Jones 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, Tenn., Jones joined Rockwell International in 1979 after serving in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot. Jones holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from George Washington University.
A member of the Tippie College's Board of Visitors (now known as the Tippie Advisory Board), Jones also serves on the Board of the Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), is a member of the RTCA Policy Board, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Priority One, and the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra Association. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the United Way of East Central Iowa and is vice chair of the Iowa Business Council. Jones was named the Governor's Technology Advisor for Advanced Manufacturing in January 2000. He received the Oscar C. Schmidt Iowa Business Leadership Award in 2000.
He and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, Lindsey and Melissa.