John Jenkins
John Jenkins
Having served in the U.S Navy for 20 years, I'm quite honored to act as the Executive Sponsor, alongside my fellow veterans and their supporters, in advancing the Veterans ERG.

John S. Jenkins Jr. is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel of TE Connectivity. John is responsible for the company’s global legal, compliance, corporate governance, government affairs, intellectual property, security and risk management, and corporate social responsibility activities. He joined TE Connectivity in October 2012. Prior to joining TE Connectivity, John was with Tyco International for ten years and was the Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and International General Counsel. John was responsible for the Board of Directors activities, securities and capital markets transactions and reporting, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, global procurement, real estate, and tax planning. Prior to 2003, John worked as a litigator with McGuireWoods, LLP. John began his career in 1987 as an Officer in the United States Navy, and served as a judge advocate both as Military Prosecutor and Senior Defense Counsel, and finally as Legislative Counsel to the Secretary of the Navy. John earned his law degree from George Washington University with high honors and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

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John Jenkins with Secretary of the Navy, John Dalton, in the Secretary's Pentagon Office, December 1998.
The men and women of the armed forces have the leadership, ethics and education to greatly contribute to TE and our customers as we build out the four strategic pillars of Workforce, Service, Social & Development and Communication.
John S. Jenkins Jr.,
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

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Describe a shift early in your career and how your veteran experience influenced your goals and expectations.

During my thirteen years on active duty, I enjoyed a wide variety of assignments, from combat information center officer on USS CARR (FFG-52), to surface enlisted detailer, and on to law school to become a judge advocate. As a military lawyer, I served as both a prosecutor and criminal defense counsel, before concluding my active service as a legislative counsel to the Secretary of the Navy.

One might think that these diverse positions, from the Persian Gulf, to the courtroom, and the Pentagon and Capitol Hill, have little in common. But, in fact similarities grounded in the need for trusted leadership and followership, transparent communication and goals, and teamwork aligned around a mission which is representative of every veteran’s service experience. And it is these common experiences of trust, transparency and teamwork which set my career expectations after my active duty service, leading me first into private practice as a trial lawyer, then to in-house corporate practice, ultimately to TE Connectivity’s Office of General Counsel.

For those veterans of the land and air services, you’ll forgive my sea service bias.  The concept of deck plate leadership is an essential skill taught through education in boot camp and officer candidate school and practiced in every division, ship, squadron, wing and base across the fleet. Translating principles of (1) training and education; (2) pay and promotion; (3) leave and liberty; (4) awards and recognition; and (5) equipment and resources into organizational effectiveness within TE Connectivity is why I come to work every day. Achieving your organization’s goals (i.e. completing the mission) through of the efforts of a trained, resourced and motivated team with clear direction is part of every veteran’s career experience.  Successfully translating these skills in building a winning culture at TE Connectivity is why veterans are both sought after and valued as TE Connectivity employees.

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What can younger veterans do today to prepare themselves for leadership positions?

Reflect on those leadership lessons learned … both good and bad … and identify the skills, characteristics and capabilities of successful leaders.  Emulate those traits and apply them honestly and fairly in the work environment.

In the Navy, our core values are Honor, Courage and Commitment.  At TE, our core values are Integrity, Accountability, Teamwork and innovation.  Recognize that the only successful leader is an ethical leader who demonstrates in word and action behaviors consistent with our core values.

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John Jenkins and his father, Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, JAGC, USN (Ret.) aboard USS CARR (FFG-52) in the Western Atlantic, April 1990.
John Jenkins
John Jenkins
Having served in the U.S Navy for 20 years, I'm quite honored to act as the Executive Sponsor, alongside my fellow veterans and their supporters, in advancing the Veterans ERG.

John S. Jenkins Jr. is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel of TE Connectivity. John is responsible for the company’s global legal, compliance, corporate governance, government affairs, intellectual property, security and risk management, and corporate social responsibility activities. He joined TE Connectivity in October 2012. Prior to joining TE Connectivity, John was with Tyco International for ten years and was the Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and International General Counsel. John was responsible for the Board of Directors activities, securities and capital markets transactions and reporting, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, global procurement, real estate, and tax planning. Prior to 2003, John worked as a litigator with McGuireWoods, LLP. John began his career in 1987 as an Officer in the United States Navy, and served as a judge advocate both as Military Prosecutor and Senior Defense Counsel, and finally as Legislative Counsel to the Secretary of the Navy. John earned his law degree from George Washington University with high honors and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

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John Jenkins with Secretary of the Navy, John Dalton, in the Secretary's Pentagon Office, December 1998.
The men and women of the armed forces have the leadership, ethics and education to greatly contribute to TE and our customers as we build out the four strategic pillars of Workforce, Service, Social & Development and Communication.
John S. Jenkins Jr.,
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

1

Describe a shift early in your career and how your veteran experience influenced your goals and expectations.

During my thirteen years on active duty, I enjoyed a wide variety of assignments, from combat information center officer on USS CARR (FFG-52), to surface enlisted detailer, and on to law school to become a judge advocate. As a military lawyer, I served as both a prosecutor and criminal defense counsel, before concluding my active service as a legislative counsel to the Secretary of the Navy.

One might think that these diverse positions, from the Persian Gulf, to the courtroom, and the Pentagon and Capitol Hill, have little in common. But, in fact similarities grounded in the need for trusted leadership and followership, transparent communication and goals, and teamwork aligned around a mission which is representative of every veteran’s service experience. And it is these common experiences of trust, transparency and teamwork which set my career expectations after my active duty service, leading me first into private practice as a trial lawyer, then to in-house corporate practice, ultimately to TE Connectivity’s Office of General Counsel.

For those veterans of the land and air services, you’ll forgive my sea service bias.  The concept of deck plate leadership is an essential skill taught through education in boot camp and officer candidate school and practiced in every division, ship, squadron, wing and base across the fleet. Translating principles of (1) training and education; (2) pay and promotion; (3) leave and liberty; (4) awards and recognition; and (5) equipment and resources into organizational effectiveness within TE Connectivity is why I come to work every day. Achieving your organization’s goals (i.e. completing the mission) through of the efforts of a trained, resourced and motivated team with clear direction is part of every veteran’s career experience.  Successfully translating these skills in building a winning culture at TE Connectivity is why veterans are both sought after and valued as TE Connectivity employees.

2

What can younger veterans do today to prepare themselves for leadership positions?

Reflect on those leadership lessons learned … both good and bad … and identify the skills, characteristics and capabilities of successful leaders.  Emulate those traits and apply them honestly and fairly in the work environment.

In the Navy, our core values are Honor, Courage and Commitment.  At TE, our core values are Integrity, Accountability, Teamwork and innovation.  Recognize that the only successful leader is an ethical leader who demonstrates in word and action behaviors consistent with our core values.

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John Jenkins and his father, Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, JAGC, USN (Ret.) aboard USS CARR (FFG-52) in the Western Atlantic, April 1990.