With thirty-five years of experience in high-hazard operational environments, Jim is passionate about
helping leaders and operators in dangerous endeavors with critical mission objectives. He is the only
astronaut to have commanded five missions in space.
Jim began his career as a Naval Aviator aboard the USS John F Kennedy, flying the A-7 Corsair. In his
second tour, he was a test pilot in the F/A-18 Hornet.
In 1984, Jim was selected to join NASA in its tenth group of astronauts. Over his twenty-year career, he
flew six times on the Space Shuttle. The five-time commander flew two missions to the Russian Space
Station, Mir, and two missions to the International Space Station. In 1998, he was appointed as the
director, Flight Crew Operations, specifically selected to improve the flight and ground safety in the
Bringing his experience from the aerospace industry as a former NASA executive and astronaut, Jim
joined the Oil and Gas Industry as a Safety and Operations Auditor for BP, America. As the VP for
Operating Leadership, Jim helped to improve operating results consistently over the long-term, by
emphasizing effective leadership behaviors to inspire people to perform with operating excellence.