Chicago. 22 February  2016 . The Boeing board of directors has elected Dennis A. Muilenburg as its next chairman, effective March 1. He succeeds W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., who is stepping down from the board, while Boeing independent Lead Director Kenneth M. Duberstein continues in that role.

muilenburg_dennis_bio_pic_400x400Dennis Muilenburg is president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company. Muilenburg, 52, oversees the strategic direction of the Chicago-based, $96.1 billion aerospace company. With approximately 160,000 employees across the United States and in more than 65 countries, Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and top U.S. exporter. It is the leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, military aircraft, and defense, space and security systems; it supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 nations.

Muilenburg became chief executive officer in July 2015 and president in December 2013.Until July 2015, Muilenburg served as vice chairman and chief operating officer of Boeing, where he supported the company’s aerospace business operations and focused on specific growth enablers, including important global relationships, leadership initiatives and development program performance.Before that, Muilenburg served as president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS).

Earlier, Muilenburg was president of BDS’s Global Services & Support business, vice president and general manager of the Boeing Combat Systems division, program manager for Future Combat Systems. Earlier, vice president of Programs & Engineering for Boeing Air Traffic Management and director of Weapon Systems for the proposed Boeing Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. He also held program management and engineering positions on F-22, Airborne Laser, High Speed Civil Transport and the Condor reconnaissance aircraft, among others.

Muilenburg, who joined Boeing in 1985, spent the first 15 years of his career in the Puget Sound region of Washington, where he held a number of program management and engineering positions in support of both the commercial airplanes and defense businesses. Muilenburg is a member of the board of directors of Caterpillar Inc., the U.S.-China Business Council, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology). He also is vice chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) board of governors and serves on the AIA executive committee, and is an executive committee member of Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. He also serves on the boards of trustees for the National World War II Museum and Washington University (St. Louis).

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. A native of Iowa, Muilenburg holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.