Leanne Caret has been tapped as the new president and CEO for Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security division.
Additionally, Caret will serve as an executive vice president for Boeing and will become a member of the company’s executive council.
Caret, 49, began her duties in this capacity on March 1, taking over for retiring president and CEO Chris Chadwick. She has been with Boeing for 28 years, and is the head of the company’s Global Services and Support division.
Caret has also served Boeing as a CFO for the Defense, Space and Security unit and VP and general manager of the company’s rotorcraft programs.
"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 defense, space and security business and grow it for the future," Boeing chairman, president and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said. "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.”
Caret earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Kansas State University and a master’s of business administration degree from Wichita State University. She has earned leadership certifications from and completed leadership programs through Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame.
Chadwick was with Boeing for 34 years. During that time he served in a number of senior executive capacities; at the time of his retirement he had led the Defense, Space and Security division since 2013. He also served as the head of Boeing’s Military Aircraft division.
"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.”
The vacancy left by Caret in the Global Services and Support division will be filled by 48-year-old Ed Dolanski, the current president and CEO of Boeing subsidiary Aviall.
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