Boe­ing names Leanne Caret as Pres­i­dent and CEO of De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity unit


The Boe­ing Board of Direc­tors has elected Leanne Caret as Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the com­pany’s De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity busi­ness ef­fec­tive March 1, 2016. She will suc­ceed Chris Chad­wick, who has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from the com­pany.

Caret, 49, a 28-year com­pany veteran, cur­rently leads that unit’s Global Ser­vices & Sup­port busi­ness, which has ap­prox­i­mately 13,000 em­ploy­ees in 295 lo­ca­tions around the world. With $9 bil­lion in rev­enues, it is the US Depart­ment of De­fense’s largest per­for­mance-based lo­gis­tics con­trac­tor and an in­dus­try leader in pro­vid­ing sus­tain­ment ser­vices for a di­verse range of mil­i­tary prod­ucts and sys­tems.

“Leanne has a track record of de­liv­er­ing re­sults, an in­tense cus­tomer fo­cus, and the global acu­men nec­es­sary to build on the ex­ist­ing strengths of our de­fence, space and se­cu­rity busi­ness and grow it for the fu­ture,” said Boe­ing Chair­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO Den­nis Muilen­burg. “She also is an ex­pe­ri­enced and in­spi­ra­tional leader who un­der­stands all as­pects of our busi­ness, op­er­ates with a One Boe­ing per­spec­tive and has the trust and re­spect of our em­ploy­ees and our ex­ter­nal stake­hold­ers.”

Chad­wick, 55, re­tires this spring af­ter a 34-year ca­reer that in­cluded a range of se­nior ex­ec­u­tive roles. He has led the $30-bil­lion De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity unit since De­cem­ber 2013, af­ter pre­vi­ously lead­ing its Mil­i­tary Air­craft busi­ness, which is home to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s tac­ti­cal air­craft, ro­tor­craft, and weapons pro­grammes, among oth­ers.

“We thank Chris for the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to Boe­ing that un­der­pinned the ex­ten­sive con­tri­bu­tions he made to this com­pany through­out his ca­reer,” Muilen­burg said. “His lead­er­ship and strate­gic fo­cus dur­ing a chal­leng­ing time in our mar­kets has pre­pared us to move for­ward with con­fi­dence and im­proved com­pet­i­tive­ness.”

Ed Dolan­ski, 48, will suc­ceed Caret as Pres­i­dent of Global Ser­vices & Sup­port. Dolan­ski is cur­rently Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Boe­ing sub­sidiary Aviall, the largest provider of new avi­a­tion parts and af­ter­mar­ket sup­ply-chain man­age­ment ser­vices for the aerospace and de­fence in­dus­tries.

In ad­di­tion to be­com­ing CEO of the De­fense, Space & Se­cu­rity or­gan­i­sa­tion, Caret also be­comes a Boe­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and joins the com­pany’s ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil.

Caret’s Boe­ing ca­reer be­gan in 1988. Be­fore lead­ing the ser­vices and sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion she was Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer for the De­fense, Space and Se­cu­rity unit and, be­fore that, Vice Pres­i­dent and General Man­ager of its ro­tor­craft pro­grammes.

She holds a bach­e­lor of science de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Kansas State Univer­sity and a mas­ter of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion de­gree from Wi­chita State Univer­sity. She also earned cer­ti­fi­ca­tions from Har­vard Univer­sity in the Pro­gram for Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment and the In­ter­na­tional Se­cu­rity De­fense Pro­gram, and com­pleted the In­te­gral Lead­er­ship Pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Notre Dame.

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