The Boeing Company named Chris Chadwick president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) effective Dec. 31, 2013. This $33 billion, 56,000-person business is a provider of integrated solutions to meet the enduring needs of defense, government, space, intelligence and security customers in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in St. Louis, the organization has concentrated operations in St. Louis; Southern California; Seattle; San Antonio; Houston; Philadelphia; Mesa, Ariz.; Huntsville, Ala.; the Space Coast of Florida; Washington, D.C.; Australia; Saudi Arabia; the United Kingdom and Korea. Chadwick also is a member of the company's Executive Council.
Prior to this, Chadwick served as president of Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA), BDS’s 20,000-employee mobility, surveillance and engagement, global strike, vertical lift, and unmanned aircraft business. BMA, one of the world’s largest providers of military airpower serving the United States and more than 50 allied nations, supplies more than 40 percent of the planet’s defense aircraft, and continues to expand globally with steady growth in international sales. Aviation Week named BMA as the top performing military aircraft business for 2012.
Chadwick was previously vice president and general manager of Global Strike Systems, responsible for the company’s tactical fighter and weapons programs. Before that he was vice president of the F/A-18 program, following his assignment as that program’s deputy program manager. He also served as the Philadelphia-based program manager for the Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey (designed for the U.S. Marine Corps), and as the program manager for V-22 Low Rate Initial Production operations for the MV-22 and CV-22, for delivery to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. Prior to this, Chadwick held a variety of progressively senior roles in engineering, program management and business development.
Chadwick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Maryville University. He is the recipient of the 2012 Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering (PACE) Award given by the College of Engineering, Iowa State University, and the 2011 Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation Most Distinguished American Award. Chadwick serves as the chairman of the National Board for New Leaders based in New York City, and also serves on the Maryville University Board of Trustees.