Executive Director

John S. Thackrah
U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command
Executive Director

In his current role, Mr. John S. Thackrah is the executive director for the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command where he is responsible for providing legal and business advice on the full spectrum of issues at Military Sealift Command.

Thackrah is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Aerospace Engineering degree and a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned a Master of Business Administration.

Thackrah began his career in 1979 with Pratt & Whitney division of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in project and test engineering, followed by program management and model management. After working in commercial flight test activities and as general manager of a joint venture start-up for Pratt, he held positions of increasing responsibility until being promoted to Vice President of all commercial products. He then worked as vice president of Engineering for the Otis Elevator division of UTC. He returned to Pratt as vice president of Aftermarket Services, and then vice president/general manager for one of Pratt's strategic business units.

In 2005, Thackrah was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget, responsible to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). From November 2007 to July 2008, he served as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), in addition to his regular duties. In December 2008, he became principal deputy, Strategic Systems Programs. In February 2011, he became executive director, Military Sealift Command.

His personal awards and recognition include Department of Defense Awards: DON Superior Civilian Service Award, Dec. 2008 and Mar. 2011; SES Award History: SES Bonus and Pay Increase from 2005 to present.