General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret), is founder and president of Jones Group International, a global consulting rm. General Jones was appointed national security advisor by President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, and served in this capacity until October 2010. Prior to this he was the president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy. From July 1999 to January 2003, General Jones served as the 32nd commandant of the United States Marine Corps. After relinquishing this post, he assumed the positions of Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) and Commander, United States European Command (USEUCOM), both of which he held until December 2006. After more than 40 years of uniformed service to the nation, General Jones retired from active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps in February 2007. In November of that year, he was appointed as the State Department’s special envoy for Middle East regional security. In this capacity, he worked with Israeli and Palestinian officials to advance regional security in support of the Middle East Peace Process. General Jones spent his formative years in France, returning to the United States to attend Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. In addition to having been awarded national and international military awards, he received from Georgetown University a Bachelor of Science degree (1966) and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (2002). In June 1985, he graduated from the National War College in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Diane have four children and nine grandchildren.