Chris Chadwick is president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) and a member of the Executive Council of The Boeing Company.
Named BDS president and CEO in December 2013, Chadwick leads the $31 billion business that provides integrated solutions to meet the enduring needs of defense, government, space, intelligence and security customers in the United States and around the world.
BDS has concentrated operations at its St. Louis headquarters and multiple sites across the U.S. Top locations outside the U.S. include Australia, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
Previously Chadwick was president of Boeing Military Aircraft, one of the world’s largest providers of mobility, surveillance and engagement, global strike, vertical lift and unmanned aircraft. Before that, he was vice president and general manager of Global Strike Systems, responsible for the company’s tactical fighter and weapons programs. Chadwick has held a variety of progressively senior roles in engineering, program management and business development since joining Boeing in 1982.
Chadwick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Maryville University in St. Louis. He is an associate fellow of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; chairman of the National Board for New Leaders, based in New York City and a member of the Maryville University Board of Trustees.
Chadwick was inducted into the Iowa State University (ISU) Aerospace Engineering Hall of Distinguished Alumni in April of this year and received the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering (PACE) Award from ISU’s College of Engineering in 2012. He serves on the board of directors for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an organization that focuses on developing national security and defense policies. In addition, he is a member of the board of trustees for WETA, the leading public broadcasting station in the Washington, D.C. region. Chadwick received the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation Most Distinguished American Award in 2011.