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James Taiclet is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive of American Tower Corporation, a leading global developer, owner and operator of telecommunications real estate headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.
American Tower is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company that operates nearly 150,000 cellular and broadcast transmission tower installations and indoor and outdoor wireless small cell systems. These sites are essential infrastructure for the mobile internet, wireless telephony, and television and radio broadcasting. For example, in the U.S., roughly one third of mobile internet and telephony traffic is transmitted via the company’s installations. American Tower is uniquely positioned at the intersection of the technology and real estate industries and is both the third largest listed telecommunications company and the largest listed real estate company by market capitalization in the United States.
Under Mr. Taiclet’s leadership as CEO since 2003, the company has grown over ten-fold in the number of sites, total revenue and operating profit and has increased its market capitalization from approximately $2 billion to $57 billion. He guided the company’s transformation from an essentially domestic U.S. business to the only truly global player in its industry, with significant assets and operations in 16 countries across North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Prior to joining American Tower, Mr. Taiclet was a senior executive at two of the world’s leading aerospace companies. He served as President of Allied Signal, subsequently Honeywell Aerospace Services, conducting worldwide aircraft engine and component overhaul and repair, parts sales and distribution, space operations, and technical services. Prior to that he served as Vice President, Engine Services at Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corporation, responsible for both military and commercial jet engine overhaul and repair.
Mr. Taiclet was also previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company, specializing in telecommunications and aerospace strategy and operations. He began his career as a United States Air Force officer and pilot, where he logged over 5,000 flying hours as an Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Unit Chief of Standardization and Evaluation. His rotational assignments included the Joint Staff and Air Staff at the Pentagon, and he served in the Gulf War and among other missions, was part of the lead aircraft formation into Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield.
He holds a Master in Public Affairs degree with a concentration in International Affairs from Princeton University, where he was awarded a Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson School, and he is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with majors in Engineering and International Relations, and was ranked 3rd academically in his graduating class.
Mr. Taiclet is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Business Roundtable and the Commercial Club of Boston. He is also a member of the Telecommunications Governors Board of the World Economic Forum (Davos). He also serves as a member of the Executive Board of The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the Board of Trustees of Brigham and Women’s Health Care, Inc. and the Advisory Council for the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In June 2015 Mr. Taiclet was named as one of seven CEO's in Forbes Magazine’s “Global 2000 Hall of Fame” and in November 2016 the Harvard Business Review included him on its list of “The 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” for the fifth consecutive time. In August 2015 Mr. Taiclet was appointed to the US-India CEO Forum by the US Department of Commerce.