Boeing Names New CFO, Elects Former Pilot and Air Force Lieutenant General to the Board

By Dominic Gates From The Seattle Times Boeing announced Wednesday the appointment of a new chief financial officer, Brian West, a former CFO at GE Aviation. And Stayce Harris, a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve lieutenant general and former 747 captain with United Airlines, will join Boeing’s board. Effective at the end of August, West will report to Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun and serve on the company’s executive council. He succeeds Greg Smith, Boeing’s CFO for the past decade. Smith was the most powerful Boeing executive beneath the CEO, and Wall Street views his replacement as a critical hire. Smith was put in charge of not only the company’s financials but also its enterprisewide operations and productivity. He oversaw the company’s manufacturing, supply chain, quality and program management. Boeing seems to want West also to fill a larger role than CFO, saying he will “oversee the company’s business transformation efforts.” …

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