Boeing Promotes Top St. Louis Executive Muilenburg

Dennis Muilenburg, formerly the CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, is now Boeing's COO and vice chairman. | Photo courtesy of Boeing
Dennis Muilenburg | Photo courtesy of Boeing

Dennis Muilenburg, the chief executive of Boeing Co.’s St. Louis-based Defense, Space and Security unit, may now be in line to become CEO of the entire company.

Boeing, the Chicago-based aerospace giant, has named Muilenburg its new vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. Effective Jan. 1, Muilenburg will “share oversight” of all the company’s operations with Boeing CEO Jim McNerney at company headquarters.

That, analysts say, makes him the top internal candidate to run Boeing when McNerney retires, although no change of leadership is imminent.

Muilenburg, 49, has worked at Boeing for 28 years. He has overseen the company’s defense, space and security unit, a $33 billion operation that employs about 15,000 people in the St. louis area, since 2009.

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