CXO Conversation Podcast

Encore: General Kevin ‘Chili’ Chilton — From USAF & NASA to the Board; In depth Board Conversation Part 02

This is Part 2 of the interview with General Kevin Patrick ‘Chili’ Chilton. Tune in for a discussion filled with advice on reaching the C-Suite, sitting on good boards, the role of the Board, interacting with the CEO, and more.

A note to those who have not served in the Armed Forces: I will be referring to our guest as either General or by his call sign of ‘Chili’ out of respect for his rank and his service to our country.


General Kevin Patrick ‘Chili’ Chilton graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and has flown pretty much every aircraft in the Air Force inventory including the RF4, F15, U2, and the B52. He attended test-pilot school, served around the world, and was selected as an astronaut that included three shuttle missions. He was also the Deputy Program Manager of Operations for the International Space Station. He then returned to the Air Force for key postings such as the Commander of the Ninth Recon Wing, Commander of the Eighth Air Force, and Commander of the Air Force Space Command and the United States Strategic Command. He is currently the only astronaut to obtain the rank of 4-star General. Chilli has served on the boards of Anadarko, Orbital, Aerospace Corporation, and both level three and post-merger with Centurylink today as well as with Aerojet Rocketdyne.


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