Navy Female Trailblazer Joins Goldman Sachs Board

December 31, 2018

By Eve Tahmincioglu

Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe, who in 2014 became the first female commander of a numbered fleet in U.S. Navy history and has extensive cybersecurity expertise, joined Goldman Sachs’ board of directors this month.

Tighe’s appointment expands Goldman’s board to 14 directors, 11 of whom are independent.  She will sit on the corporate governance, risk and audit committees.

“Jan brings over 20 years of leadership experience in complex cyber and intelligence operations, and more broadly, risk management for the United States Navy,” said Goldman Sachs Chairman Lloyd C. Blankfein.

Tighe – who retired this year as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director of Naval Intelligence for the Navy, and served since 1980 – is currently a member of the National Security Sector Advisory Committee of The MITRE Corp. and is a member and global security expert on the strategic advisory group of Paladin Capital Group.

As the chief of Information Warfare, Tighe “actively led the integration of information into all warfare areas, providing the Navy assured networks, heightened cybersecurity, integrated cyberspace fires capability and improved battlespace awareness, enabling maritime dominance,” according to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, where she received her Ph.D and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame.

Cybersecurity has been a focus for Tighe.

“The homeland is no longer a sanctuary,” said Tighe during a speech she gave at a U.S. Naval Institute conference earlier this year. “Whether you think of America being targeted based on terrorist actions to terrorize our citizens, or the cyber threats coming against either individuals or against our commercial industries or against our critical infrastructure, our digital footprint makes us vulnerable. The way we in a free and open society live our lives, those are vulnerabilities we have to think about as we frame our strategic approach.”