Dennis Muilenburg is vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of The Boeing Company, effective Dec. 31, 2013. He also serves on the company's Executive Council.
As vice chairman, Muilenburg, 50, manages a number of Boeing-wide processes and activities, driving seamless "One Boeing" strategies and execution across the enterprise. As president and COO, he shares in the day-to-day oversight and support of the company's $86.6 billion aerospace business operations and focuses on specific growth enablers, including important global relationships, leadership initiatives, and development program performance.
With more than 168,000 employees across the United States and in more than 65 countries, Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and a top U.S. exporter. It is the leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, military aircraft, and defense, space and security systems; it supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 nations.
Prior to this assignment, Muilenburg served as president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). This $33 billion, 58,000-person business unit is a provider of integrated solutions to meet the enduring needs of defense, government, space, intelligence and security customers in the U.S. and around the world.
Before that, Muilenburg was president of BDS's $8 billion Global Services & Support business and, before that, vice president and general manager of the Boeing Combat Systems division and program manager for Future Combat Systems. Earlier, he was vice president of Programs & Engineering for Boeing Air Traffic Management, director of Weapon Systems for the proposed Boeing Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, and held program management and engineering positions on F-22, Airborne Laser, High Speed Civil Transport and the Condor reconnaissance aircraft, among others.
Muilenburg, who joined Boeing in June 1985, has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University and a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.
Muilenburg is a member of the board of directors of Caterpillar Inc., the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology). He serves on the steering committee of the Defense Industry Initiative, is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) board of governors and serves on the AIA executive committee. He also serves on the boards of trustees for the National World War II Museum and Washington University (St. Louis).
He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Boeing executive focal for Iowa State University.