Once-727 Mechanic Ray Conner Named Replacement In Global Sales
Airplanes Vice President, Sales, Larry Dickenson announced his
intention to retire Thursday from the planemaker, effective
December 31. Raymond (Ray) Conner will replace Dickenson as vice
president, Sales, reporting to Commercial Airplanes President and
CEO Scott Carson.
"For nearly 25 years, Larry Dickenson has been a great leader in
our Boeing Sales organization. Larry's focus truly begins and ends
with our customers, and he will leave that important legacy with
us," Carson said. "We congratulate Larry on an amazing 39-year
Boeing career, and thank him for his strategic approach to the
market, our products and services, and our competitive
Dickenson, 64, led the Sales organization since October 2006.
Prior to that assignment, he oversaw Commercial Airplanes
Asia/Pacific Sales for more than 20 years, where he was responsible
for sales operations in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore,
Australia, New Zealand and other markets in the region.
Conner, 52, who has led Commercial Airplanes Sales for the
Americas since February 2003, now will lead all sales efforts for
airplanes and related services to airlines and leasing companies
around the world. His replacement for leading sales in the Americas
will be named shortly.
"Ray's tremendous breadth and depth of experience position him
extremely well for this new opportunity in leading our global sales
efforts," Carson said. "His leadership of two of our key airplane
programs, coupled with his extensive experience in building
meaningful relationships with our airline customers, will help us
remain focused on meeting and exceeding our customers'
Before leading sales
efforts for the Americas, Conner was vice president and general
manager of the 777 Program. Prior to that, he was the vice
president of Asia/Pacific for Commercial Airplanes.
In that position, he led the Asia/Pacific Sales organization and
was responsible for maintaining business relationships between
Boeing, that region's airlines, and Asian aerospace industries.
Conner also was responsible for the operation of Boeing offices in
China, Japan and Korea.
Additionally, Conner (shown at right) served as vice president
and general manager of the 747 Program, managing the design,
development, certification and production of the airplane. Conner
also was vice president of the Propulsion Systems Division, where
he led the development of propulsion systems and auxiliary power
units for the entire family of Boeing commercial airplanes.
Additionally, he was director of Finance and Information Systems
for the Materiel Division of Commercial Airplanes. He held other
management positions in the company, including deputy director of
Major Outside Production and Program participants, and
International Business Operations-both in the Materiel
Prior to that, he was the Boeing Sales director for Thailand.
Conner joined Boeing in 1977 as a mechanic on the 727 Program. He
holds a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University and a
master's in business administration from the University of Puget