Roger A. Krone is president of Network and Space Systems for The Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace company. Appointed to this position in 2006, Krone leads approximately 15,000 employees in 35 states and 12 countries in providing innovative, integrated technologies to government and commercial customers. Network and Space Systems, comprised of four operating divisions, encompasses the nation’s critical space-exploration efforts, cybersecurity, missile defense, satellite development and intelligence networking – including programs such as the International Space Station, Ground-based Midcourse Defense, and the Wideband Global SATCOM system.
Bringing both engineering and financial expertise to bear during his more than 30 years in the aerospace industry, Krone has held senior program management and finance positions at Boeing, McDonnell Douglas Corp. and General Dynamics. Before the formation of Network and Space Systems, Krone was vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Army Systems division, where he was responsible for military aircraft programs such as the AH-64D Apache Longbow and the CH- 47 Chinook.
Krone previously served as vice president of strategic programs at Boeing’s Chicago headquarters. He has held several other business management and finance positions in Boeing’s U.S. Army Programs and Military Rotorcraft, and Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile Systems.
Krone was vice president and treasurer of McDonnell Douglas at the time of its merger with Boeing, in which capacity he oversaw all financial planning, treasury operations, investor relations, insurance and risk management, and pension fund management. He also held positions at McDonnell Douglas in information technology. He joined McDonnell Douglas in 1992 as director of financial planning after a 14-year career at General Dynamics, where he held positions in program management, engineering and finance.
Krone earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master of business administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business. A Six Sigma Green Belt, Krone is both a licensed commercial pilot and a certified public accountant. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in the United Kingdom.
Krone is currently director on the board for the United Launch Alliance. He is a member of the advisory board of his alma mater Georgia Tech, as well as the board of WETA Public Television and Radio in Washington, D.C. Krone is a long-time supporter of the Urban League and currently serves on the board of the Greater Washington chapter.