Ted Austell is vice president, Executive / Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for Boeing Government Operations.
In this role, he leads the analysis of public policy issues and development of government relations strategies to further the objectives of the company's business operations. Among the areas of interests are international trade, tax, human resources, government acquisition, environment and energy. Of principal concern have been efforts to pursue the successful resolution of the WTO Aircraft Subsidies Dispute. He also leads the efforts of the WDC business community to promote specific bilateral and multilateral free trade initiatives of the United States.
In recent years, he co-chaired numerous successful trade policy initiatives including securing trade promotion authority and permanent normal trade relations with China. Previously, Austell served in similar capacities with the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, the French-American Business Council and other U.S. bilateral business forums.
Prior to joining Boeing, Austell served as vice president of Government Relations for Tenneco Inc. from 1992 until December, 1999. He was head of the Washington office and responsible for company-wide government relations functions at the local, state, federal and international levels. In addition to nominal advocacy on behalf of the operating divisions, Austell spent a considerable amount of time supporting the corporation's chairman, who served in numerous key positions including the leadership of the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Before joining Tenneco, Austell was the executive assistant to the County Executive of Fairfax, Va. During his 13 years with the county government, he was responsible for numerous diverse projects in areas such as budget, public safety, land use, human services and legislative liaison.
Austell serves on several boards, including the U.S. -Russia Business Council, the Cambrian Foundation, the National Center of Asia Pacific Economic Council and the Washington International Trade Foundation. He holds a Master of Science degree in public management and policy from Carnegie Mellon University and postgraduate program certificates from Georgetown University and the University of Virginia.