Lexington’s Senior VP Participates in Careers Day at the American Community School in Abu Dhabi
- Lexington’s Senior Vice President, Jarat Ford, discusses West Point and a careers in the US Military with students at the American Community School (ACS) in Abu Dhabi. ACS is a leading private school with a diverse international student body and has been operating in Abu Dhabi since 1972.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
American Community School (ACS)
Lexington Group’s Senior Vice-President, Jarat Ford, participated in in the American Community School’s Careers Day that saw dozens of working professionals speak to high school students about their respective careers across both public and private sectors.
Jarat spoke to two groups of ACS students during the event about his experience attending the United States Military Academy at West Point and his aviation career as an Apache Longbow Helicopter Pilot and Company Commander in the United States Army.
Jarat highlighted the benefits of starting one’s career in uniform and the students were surprised to learn of the strong diversity of West Point graduates that started their respective careers in the military including Mike Krzyzewski (Class of 1969), Duke Basketball Team Head Coach, Alex Gorsky (Class of 1982), CEO of Johnson & Johnson, and Mike Pompeo (Class of 1986), former US Congressman and the current Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Jarat considers that his experience at West Point and as a commissioned officer in the US Army has enabled him to build the necessary leadership skills that have made him successful in the private sector and working for Lexington Group.
Students asked Jarat several questions about applying to West Point from the United Arab Emirates and about the different branches within the US Army. Jarat commented, “I was impressed with the quality of the questions from the students at ACS and was very impressed that many of them despite only being freshman were already thinking about college and their career options…”
Over the last eight years with Lexington Group Jarat has led and managed various multi-million dollar consulting and training projects across the MENA region. Prior to Lexington, Jarat worked as an Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton and is a former US Army Officer, Aviator and Company Commander.
Jarat is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a Masters in Business Administration Degree from INSEAD.