Niel Golightly is senior vice president of Communications for The Boeing Company. He was named to the position in January 2020. In this role Golightly is responsible for the company's global communications and brand activities, including media relations, brand development and management, digital, advertising, in-house creative services, and executive and employee communications. He is a member of the company’s Executive Council.
Prior to joining Boeing, Golightly was chief communications officer and a member of the Global Executive Council for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), responsible for corporate reputation management as well as product and corporate communications across all of FCA’s brands and regions.
Before FCA, he served with Shell Oil Company as vice president for External Relations in the Americas, based in Houston and as global vice president, Communications and Sustainable Development for Shell’s worldwide Downstream businesses, based in London, England.
He also served a stint as Shell’s vice president, U.S. Energy Transition, responsible for developing and communicating long-term scenarios relating to the U.S. energy market. As a loaned executive from Shell to the mayor of Houston for 10 months, Golightly helped lead the city’s recovery from the multi-billion-dollar impact of Hurricane Harvey.
Golightly joined Shell after a 13-year career at Ford Motor Company, where his positions included vice president, Public Affairs for Ford of Europe; director, Sustainable Business Strategies; and director of the Chairman’s Office.
He began his career with nearly 14 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, first as a fighter pilot and later as a Pentagon speechwriter for the Secretary of the Navy and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Golightly received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Cornell University and later studied at the University of Konstanz in Germany as a Navy Olmsted Scholar. He has lectured on corporate communications and reputation at Yale, Northwestern University, University of Southern California, Rice University, Duke’s Fuqua School of Management and Sam Houston State University. He has also served on non-profit boards in Houston and Detroit.