Executive Biography of W. James McNerney, Jr.

W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr.

W. James McNerney, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Boeing Company

W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company. In June, the Boeing board of directors announced that Dennis A. Muilenburg would succeed McNerney as the company’s chief executive officer, effective July 1. McNerney will continue as Boeing chairman.

With more than 165,000 employees across the United States and in more than 65 countries, Chicago-based Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and top U.S. exporter. The $90.8 billion company 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.

McNerney, 65, joined Boeing as chairman, president and CEO on July 1, 2005.

Before that, he served as chairman of the board and CEO of 3M, then a $20 billion global technology company with leading positions in electronics, telecommunications, industrial, consumer and office products, health care, safety and other businesses. He joined 3M in 2000 after 19 years at the General Electric Company.

McNerney joined General Electric in 1982. There, he held top executive positions including president and CEO of GE Aircraft Engines and GE Lighting; president of GE Asia-Pacific; president and CEO of GE Electrical Distribution and Control; executive vice president of GE Capital, one of the world's largest financial service companies; and president, GE Information Services. Prior to joining GE, McNerney worked at Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Co., Inc.

By appointment of U.S. President Barack Obama, McNerney serves on the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees. He previously chaired the President’s Export Council.

He is a member of the executive committee and a past chair of Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, and serves on the board of trustees of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan, non-profit organization that seeks to advance global security and prosperity.

McNerney has served as a member of the Boeing board since 2001. He is a director of Procter & Gamble, a director of IBM, a member of The Field Museum Board of Trustees in Chicago, a trustee of Northwestern University, and a member of the Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Board.

He also is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

In addition, McNerney has received the following honors and recognition:

  • 2015 Juran Medal from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) for leadership in advocating for the interdependence of quality, productivity, safety, growth, innovation and customer value
  • 2014 Wilson Center’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship
  • 2012 inaugural Turning Point Award from the U.S. Army War College Foundation for leadership that resulted in a strategic turning point for Boeing
  • 2012 Semper Fidelis Award from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for service to the United States that exemplifies the Marine Corps motto to remain "Always Faithful"
  • 2011 John W. Dixon Award from the Association of the U.S. Army for outstanding contributions to national defense
  • 2009 honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cranfield University for his contributions to the international aerospace industry
  • 2008 National Management Association's Executive of the Year

A native of Providence, R.I., McNerney earned a B.A. degree from Yale University in 1971 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1975. He is married and has five children. He enjoys skiing, golf, hiking and hockey.