Sir Michael Arthur was appointed senior vice president of Boeing and president of Boeing International on April 22, 2019. He is a member of the company’s Executive Council, reporting to the president and CEO. Arthur is the council’s first non-U.S. citizen.
Arthur is responsible for the company’s international strategy and corporate operations outside the United States, overseeing 18 regional offices in key global markets. His responsibilities include developing the company’s growth and productivity initiatives outside the United States, forming new business and industrial partnerships, overseeing international affairs, enhancing Boeing’s local presence and providing global functional support.
Previously, Arthur was president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing United Kingdom and Ireland. He joined the company in September 2014 to lead Boeing in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and he took on additional responsibilities for Europe in March 2016. In this role, Arthur led the company’s European strategy and operations to drive business growth through strengthened regional alignment and improved operating efficiencies. He was also responsible for coordinating all Boeing business activities enterprisewide in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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 United Kingdom–based business consultancy. From 2007 to 2010, he was British ambassador to Germany. Between 2003 and 2007, he was British high commissioner to India.
In addition to his Boeing role, Arthur is a nonexecutive director of Diligenta, president of the German British Chamber of Commerce, UK chairman of the Königswinter Foundation and an association member of Bupa.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating, Arthur 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.