Leon Panetta, the former secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will become an Oracle director, the company announced Monday.
Silicon Valley has a practice of late of picking up talent from Washington. Salesforce.com has Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, on its board.
Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, joined the board of Dropbox.
David Plouffe, the former Obama campaign manager and White House adviser, is now Uber’s senior vice president of policy and strategy.
As a former congressman from the Monterey Bay region, Panetta has deep ties to the region, as Julia Prodis Sulek wrote in the Mercury News.
He and his wife, Sylvia, live on the family ranch in Carmel Valley. Panetta retired as defense secretary in 2013 and is now the chair of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at Cal State Monterey Bay.