Executive Vice Chairman
James “Hondo” Geurts is Executive Vice Chairman for Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation. In this role, Geurts is responsible for working with the Sarcos executive team to foster leadership development, identify and evaluate acquisition opportunities, scale its operations, and to refine its efforts to meet the needs of the defense industry.
Geurts served more than 34 years in various military and government positions before retiring in August 2021 from his role as Under Secretary of the Navy for the Biden administration. Prior to performing the duties of Under Secretary of the Navy, Geurts was the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition under the Trump administration. Geurts also previously served in the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) as the Acquisition Executive and Director of SOF Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
Geurts was also the driving force for ThunderDrone and SOFWERX, the military-civilian incubators behind the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) robotic exoskeleton project. Geurts was commissioned as a U.S. Air Force Officer in 1987.
Geurts is a recipient of the Federal Executive of the Year Vanguard Award, the Presidential Rank Award, the William J. Perry Award, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.