Executive Biography of James (Jim) H. Chilton

Jim Chilton

James (Jim) H. Chilton
Senior Vice President,
Space and Launch,
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Jim Chilton is senior vice president of Space and Launch for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Chilton assumed this role in April 2018, which realigned his previous Space and Missile Systems role, created in July 2017, to focus entirely on space and launch programs for government and commercial customers.

The Space and Launch portfolio includes the International Space Station, CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), government and commercial satellite systems, and Boeing’s participation in United Launch Alliance.

From October 2016 to the July 2017 restructuring of the Boeing space and defense business, Chilton led Network & Space Systems, which included much of the current Space and Launch portfolio. Before that role, starting in 2013, he was vice president and general manager of Strategic Missile & Defense Systems within Network & Space Systems. Previously, Chilton served as vice president and program manager for Exploration Launch Systems and led SLS, Boeing’s heavy-lift launch vehicle program. Before SLS, Chilton served as program manager for the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services contract at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. He led final assembly and testing of space shuttle and expendable launch vehicle payloads, including hardware destined for the International Space Station.

Chilton began his career with Boeing in 1984 as a turbo machinery development engineer at the Rocketdyne division in Canoga Park, California. 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 Astronautical Federation Industry Relations Committee.

Chilton has 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.