Management Shifts In Airplane Sales, Airborne Broadband
Boeing President and CEO Harry
Stonecipher Friday announced a series of leadership changes
affecting several key positions within the company.
For instance, Connexion by Boeing President Scott Carson has
been named to lead the Boeing Commercial Airplanes sales team as
vice president, Sales, reporting to Commercial Airplanes President
and CEO Alan Mulally.
In his new role, Carson, 58, has responsibility for sales of
commercial airplanes and related services to airline customers and
leasing companies around the world. He has led Connexion by Boeing
since its inception in 2000, bringing the high-speed in-flight
Internet service to market with airlines in Europe and Asia. Prior
to leading Connexion, he served as Commercial Airplanes' chief
"Scott's appointment will strengthen and improve our global
sales effectiveness -- and that's one of our highest priorities,"
said Stonecipher. "Scott brings a deep understanding of airline
customers and their market realities. He is an exceptional listener
who follows through relentlessly on customer concerns. He
shepherded the concept of in-flight connectivity into the launch of
a new business by paying close attention to what potential
customers were saying, and by adjusting his business plan to synch
up with their needs through changing business conditions. We're
delighted to have him turn his focus to the world of airplane
Carson replaces Toby Bright, who will be accepting new
responsibilities in Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Carson's move will
result in a series of other changes:
Laurette Koellner, 50, executive
vice president, Internal Services, replaces Carson as president of
Connexion by Boeing. Airline passengers began using the new service
last May, and it will be available globally on four airlines by
year-end, with additional airlines offering the service in 2005 and
beyond Rick Stephens, 52, president, Shared Services Group,
replaces Koellner at Internal Services, which includes Human
Resources, the company's corporate administrative functions and
Boeing Shared Services Group Mary Armstrong, 48, Commercial
Airplanes vice president and general manager, Fabrication Division,
replaces Stephens as president, Shared Services Group.
Koellner and Stephens will serve on the Boeing Executive Council
and report to Stonecipher. Armstrong reports to Stephens.
Boeing says he changes are effective immediately.