Executive Biography of Ziad "Z" Ojakli

Ziad "Z” Ojakli

Ziad "Z” Ojakli
Executive Vice President
Government Operations
The Boeing Company

Ziad “Z” Ojakli is Executive Vice President of Government Operations at The Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace company and one of America’s most significant exporters. Appointed to this role in October 2021, Ojakli reports to Boeing President & CEO Dave Calhoun and is responsible for advancing the company's public policy priorities, including all U.S. federal, state and local government liaison operations, as well as Boeing Global Engagement, the company’s global philanthropic organization. He also serves as Boeing’s chief lobbyist and sits on the company’s Executive Council.

Ojakli joined Boeing following a successful and diverse career in senior global government relations roles in the automotive and financial services industries in addition to serving in the White House administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Most recently, Ojakli served as the managing partner and senior vice president of SoftBank from 2018-20, where he created and led the investment company's first global government affairs operation in support of all legislative, regulatory and political matters for the company. Prior to joining SoftBank, Ojakli spent 14 years at Ford Motor Company as group vice president, where he led a global team that amplified the company's core business objectives and managed interactions with governments in 110 markets around the world. In that role, he also directed Ford's philanthropic arm devoted to supporting global causes.

Previously, Ojakli served in the White House as Principal Deputy for Legislative Affairs for President George W. Bush from 2001-04. Earlier, Ojakli was Chief of Staff and Policy Director for U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell. He also held a number of additional U.S. House and Senate policy and legislative roles as he began his career.

Ojakli currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., and he is a board member of The Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Henry Ford Learning Institute.

Ojakli holds a bachelor's degree in American Government from Georgetown University.