Sir Michael Arthur is president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing U.K. and Ireland. He joined the company in September 2014 and succeeded the retiring Sir Roger Bone as president of Boeing U.K. and Ireland on October 1, 2014. He took on additional responsibilities for Europe in March 2016.
Arthur leads the company’s European strategy and operations to drive business growth through strengthened regional alignment and improved operating efficiencies. He is also responsible for coordinating all Boeing business activities enterprisewide in the United Kingdom and Ireland, working from the Boeing U.K. offices in central London. He reports to Marc Allen, president of Boeing International.
The leaders of Boeing France, Boeing Benelux & Nordics, Boeing Germany and Central & Eastern Europe, and Boeing Italy and Southern Europe, as well as Boeing Europe’s vice president for government affairs who heads the Boeing Brussels office, report through Arthur.
Before joining Boeing, Arthur spent three decades of international government service with the British Diplomatic Service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) followed by three years as a founding member of a U.K.-based business consultancy. From 2007 to 2010, he was British ambassador to Germany. Between 2003 and 2007, he was British high commissioner to India.
Arthur is a nonexecutive director of Diligenta (Tata Consultancy Services’ U.K. subsidiary), U.K. chairman of the Königswinter Foundation, an association member of Bupa, and a trustee of Orbis in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Arthur has a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating, he held a number of diplomatic posts in New York, Brussels, Paris, Bonn, London and Washington, D.C. These positions included FCO director general, director of resources and principal finance officer for the Diplomatic Service. He was deputy chief of mission in Washington, D.C., during the last two years of the Clinton administration (1999 to 2001). He is fluent in three languages: English, French and German.