Retiring Brig. Gen. James Iacocca named first KRDA president


Retiring Brig. Gen. James Iacocca is set to take the helm of the Knox Region­al Development Alliance.

The former adjutant general of the Army, a position he held at U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, recently was selected as the organization’s first president and chief executive officer, the the alliance announced Thursday. Iacocca begins the position Jan. 2, 2018.

“I am very honored and privileged that they have given me this opportunity to serve the community,” Iacocca said.

As president and CEO, Iacocca said his goal is to follow the alliance’s econo­mic development initiative’s three priorities: advocating for new mis­sions and retaining existing ones at Fort Knox; attracting and retaining de­fense-related business; and developing more public-public and public-private partnerships.

“My goal is to talk with investors and board members and put together a strategic plan with goals and objectives to accomplish the priorities,” he said.

Until Iacocca starts in January, retired Maj. Gen. Bill Barron continues to serve as interim president and CEO.

Iacocca’s Army career included multiple assignments at Fort Knox. In addition to his assignment at Human Resources Command, he is a former deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command and a former brigade commander for the Army’s 3rd Recruiting Brigade.

“Jim’s experience serving with multiple units on post and his familiarity with our premiere installation made him an especially appealing candidate,” said Jim Fugitte, KRDA board chairman, in a news release.

In addition to his experience at Fort Knox, Iacocca served at multiple installations including Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 82nd Airborne Division and Army Special Operations Command deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. He also served at the Pentagon on the staff for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“His breadth of experience and un­der­standing of the Army and Depart­ment of Defense will prove invaluable,” Fugitte said.

When Iacocca returned to Fort Knox in 2013, he and his wife, Sandy, decided this would be where they would stay when he retired. The couple then purchased a home in Fisherville.

“We love Kentucky and are vested in this community,” Iacocca said.

Barron said Iacocca is a well-known and highly-respected senior Army leader who will lend his expertise and leadership to take the KRDA economic development initiative to a new level.

“We have a great story to tell in Fort Knox and the community,” Barron said in a news release. “Now we also have an exceptional leader to carry KRDA’s mission forward. I look forward to working with Jim during the transition.”

Iacocca’s selection completes a 10-­month search by KRDA, which has its offices in Radcliff.

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