NEW YORK – J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors, is pleased to announce the addition of General John F. Campbell, U.S. Army (Ret.) to its Operating Executive Board (””OEB””). The OEB is a group of seasoned industry and government executives who have significant experience in the firm's target industries. Through key relationships and sector-specific knowledge, OEB members contribute to sourcing and evaluating transactions, advising on portfolio company strategy and recruiting senior level portfolio company management.
“General Campbell brings an exceptional reputation for integrity and leadership to our firm. His deep expertise in military operations and national security will be a valuable asset in our investment process. We are delighted to welcome him aboard,” stated John F. Lehman, Chairman of J.F. Lehman & Company.
General Campbell retired from the U.S. Army in May 2016 after a distinguished career spanning 37 years. During his tenure in the Army, General Campbell commanded units at every echelon, from platoon to division, with duty in Germany, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan and the United States. He spent a significant part of his later career in support of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. General Campbell served as the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division and led the division during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In 2013 he was sworn in as the 34th Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, a position he held until July 2014 when he assumed the role of commander of the Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces—Afghanistan. He held that command until his retirement earlier this year. General Campbell was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations including three Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit and three Bronze Star Medals. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.