Jim Chilton is president of Network & Space Systems (N&SS) for The Boeing Company. Appointed to this position in October 2016, Chilton leads approximately 10,000 employees across 38 states and five countries. N&SS is comprised of three business areas providing global customers with network integration, intelligence and information, security and surveillance systems, communications architectures, space exploration and missile defense solutions. Signature N&SS programs include the International Space Station, Space Launch System, Ground-based Midcourse Defense, Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) System, Global Positioning System & Wideband Global SATCOM satellite systems, and intelligence solutions programs.
From Feb 2013 to October 2016, Chilton was the vice president and general manager of Strategic Missile & Defense Systems (SM&DS), a division of N&SS that provides integrated missile defense solutions for all phases of ballistic missile threats. Programs include Ground-based Midcourse Defense, Missile Defense National Team, Integrated Air & Missile Defense, Laser Optical Systems, and the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) System.
Previously, Chilton served as vice president and program manager for Exploration Launch Systems and led Space Launch System (SLS), Boeing’s heavy lift launch vehicle program.
Prior to SLS, Chilton served as program manager for the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract at Kennedy Space Center. He led final assembly and testing of space shuttle and expendable launch vehicle (ELV) payloads, including hardware destined for the International Space Station.
Chilton began his career with Boeing in 1984 at the Rocketdyne division in Canoga Park, Calif., as a turbo machinery development engineer. He went on to hold a number of roles in engine test and launch operations.
Chilton has served on many boards including the board of directors for the National Children's Advocacy Center and the International Astronautics Federation industry relations committee.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University and a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He also completed the systems acquisition course for general and flag officers at Defense Acquisition University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s advanced management program.