Monday, March 14, 2016

Boeing executive ranks get reshuffled

The Boeing Co.’s executive ranks are being reshuffled due to the retirement of the company’s chief technology officer. The moves include new faces taking over key roles at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Boeing CTO John Tracy is retiring this summer after the company’s centennial celebration in July. He also oversees engineering, operations and technology for the aerospace giant.

Tracy’s responsibilities are being split among four new positions reporting to — and created by — Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg. Four execs — Ted Colbert, Scott Fancher, Greg Hyslop and Pat Shanahan — are stepping into the new roles, which include sitting on the company’s executive council advising Muilenburg.

Those promotions mean new faces in key roles at Boeing Commercial Airplanes: engineering, airplane manufacturing and new airplane development.

Senior vice president Scott Fancher will manage development programs across Boeing from its corporate headquarters in Chicago. At BCA, the 57-year-old has managed several development programs: the 737 MAX, 777X, 787-9, 787-10 and KC-46 tanker. 

BCA Vice President Mike Delaney is succeeding Fancher managing commercial airplane development programs. He will report directly to Ray Conner, BCA’s president and CEO.

John Hamilton is taking over Delaney’s current position — overseeing engineering at BCA. Currently, he manages the division’s safety, security and compliance work, and previously was chief project engineer on the 737 program. 

Shanahan, 53, is now responsible for manufacturing operations and supplier management across Boeing. The newly-minted senior vice president will be based in Bellevue. He will also manage the company’s environment, health and safety, and its intellectual property programs. If that isn’t enough, he will also oversee all U.S. Army Aviation programs and site activities in Philadelphia and Mesa, Arizona.

No one has been named to take over his current role managing commercial airplane manufacturing. For now, Conner will directly oversee that work. 

Hyslop will manage the company’s engineering, testing and technology development work as a senior vice president in Chicago. The 57-year-old came from Boeing Research & Technology, which he joined in February 2013.

At BR&T, Hsylop was involved with moving thousands of engineering jobs out of Washington after the state extended massive tax breaks to the company in hopes of landing 777X final assembly and wing production here. Delaney, also, had a critical role in orchestrating the job moves.

Last, senior vice president Ted Colbert, 42, will now manage its IT strategy and operations from Washington, D.C. He is already the company’s chief information officer, and in that role, will continue overseeing the work of about 6,500 experts supporting Boeing’s IT-related programs that generate revenue

The shake up is part of the One Boeing strategy, which aims to better connect the mammoth enterprise’s various parts, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement.

“These moves are the natural next steps to build on our core strengths and talent,” and necessary to remaining competitive going forward, he said.

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