Boeing

Executive Biographies

Ziad Ojakli Executive Vice President, Government Operations
Ashley Holbrook Chief of Staff, Government Operations
Art Cameron Vice President, Federal Legislative Affairs, Government Operations
Kathleen Palma Vice President, Global Trade Controls, Government Operations
Greta Lundeberg Vice President, International Operations and Policy, Government Operations
Tommy Preston, Jr Vice President, Ethics, Government Operations
Bob Simmons Vice President, Defense, Space & Security, Government Operations
Dan Curran Senior Director, Public Affairs & Advocacy Communications, Government Operations
Justin Walker Director, Human Resources, Government Operations and Law
Dennis O'Brien Director, Operations, Government Operations

Boeing Government Operations Overview

Boeing's Government Operations office is located in Arlington, Va., near Washington D.C., and serves the company in three ways:

  • Protecting and advancing the company’s interests, competitiveness, and reputation;
  • Winning support for Boeing programs; and
  • Shaping public policy issues that impact the company.

The office works with public officials across all levels of government -- federal, state and local -- to carry out this mission. It also works with various third parties -- such as think tanks, trade associations, public policy groups, and international organizations. The Government Operations office strives to ensure the regulatory and political climate in the U.S. is conducive to global aerospace and defense leadership and supports long-term American manufacturing competitiveness and innovation. In addition to these many functions, the office serves as a point of contact between federal, state and local governments, plus associated third parties, and the company’s business units.

Boeing’s U.S. Footprint

The Boeing Company – the world’s largest aerospace company and America’s largest exporter – assembles commercial airplanes and defense products and also builds aerospace components in the United States.

Boeing’s market success plays a key role in supporting high-value aerospace jobs across its supply chain and across the United States. Boeing works with more than 12,000 businesses supporting more than 1 million supplier-related jobs across the United States. These businesses include production suppliers and non-production vendors, as well as subsidiaries of companies to which Boeing made other payments.

Export-Import Bank

The U.S. Export-Import Bank, known as Ex-Im, is a government agency that helps American businesses compete in the global economy by offering loans and guarantees to foreign purchasers of U.S. manufactured goods who meet strict lending qualifications. Ex-Im helps Boeing customers around the world secure financing for the purchase of Boeing airplanes and satellites. Fifty-nine other governments have their own version of Ex-Im, including the three governments that finance Airbus sales (France, Germany and the United Kingdom). The Ex-Im Bank was reauthorized for a five-year period with broad, bipartisan support in December 2015, but the Bank still lacks a quorum to approve major transactions like aircraft financing. The Ex-Im Bank is critical to our ability to compete globally and to create and sustain more than 1.5 million U.S. jobs across Boeing and throughout our U.S. supply chain. There are four nominees to the Bank’s Board currently awaiting confirmation in the U.S. Senate.

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    Leveling the Playing Field

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    Boeing supports trade policies and agreements that create and sustain U.S. jobs – expanding opportunities for U.S. exports and leveling the playing field for American companies and workers. Fair trade is important to Boeing because what we sell around the world is mostly made here in the United States. Over 70 percent of commercial airplane revenue comes from foreign customers, while over 90 percent of our total workforce and 80 percent of our supply chain is based in the United States.

      Space Exploration

      Space Launch System

      The Boeing Company has been a leading provider of human spaceflight systems and services for more than 50 years, celebrating lunar footsteps, space shuttle launches, and assembly of the International Space Station. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration today is fostering a commercial space industry and selected Boeing to build a crew transportation system capable of launching from the U.S. with crew and cargo. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner system is preparing for its first test launch in 2018, and will soon offer future flight services to the International Space Station.

      NASA also is using the world’s largest rocket and advanced launch vehicle, the Boeing-built Space Launch System, to power the Orion spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit into deep space. Around the country, teams are working on a number of advancements in propulsion, materials, and new capabilities to enable deep space exploration. Boeing is working with NASA to keep the American path to Mars on track. We urge NASA and Congress to fully fund Space Exploration and preserve American leadership in space.

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      Energy & Environment

      737 MAX

      Boeing is fully committed to meeting the new carbon dioxide emissions standard announced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Environmental goals are aligned with our business goals, as our commercial customers continue to focus on greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

      Over the years, we have made significant improvements to the efficiency and environmental performance of our products and our new commercial airplanes have been designed to not only meet but exceed challenging emission requirements. The 787 Dreamliner family reduces fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 to 25 percent compared to airplanes it replaces. The new 737 MAX, with first delivery expected in 2017, will reduce fuel use and emissions by 20 percent compared to the original Next-Generation 737. The 777X, with first delivery expected in 2020, will be the world's largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet.

      Oversight for Political Activities

      At Boeing, oversight of political activities starts at the top. The Board of Directors elects the Company’s top government affairs leader—known as the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Government Operations—and works closely with him on its oversight of our engagement in the political process. This oversight includes regular discussions with the EVP of Government Operations about the Company’s public policy priorities, the Company’s memberships in and payments to trade associations and other tax-exempt organizations, Boeing Political Action Committee (BPAC) strategy and expenditures, and the Company’s network of compliance procedures related to these activities. The Board’s Governance & Public Policy (GPP) Committee, comprised entirely of outside directors, leads the Board’s oversight activities with respect to and makes appropriate recommendations to the full Board about Boeing’s engagement in the political process. This oversight role by the GPP Committee is hardwired into the Committee’s governing charter, which can be found here. Together, the Board and the GPP Committee are committed to ensuring that our political activities align with the Company’s values, business strategies, and long-term shareholder interests.

      The EVP of Government Operations also works closely with the Law and Global Compliance organization to ensure that the Company’s political activities adhere to all legal requirements and company policies and procedures, meet the highest ethical standards, and align with shareholder interests and Boeing’s values. Each year, the Company’s Compliance Risk Management and Enterprise Risk Visibility boards provide the Board of Directors with an update and overview of the effectiveness of the policies and procedures in place to ensure that the Company’s political activities meet these high standards. The Board also ensures that the Company’s political advocacy efforts are consistent with our long-term strategic imperatives. You can review the Company’s oversight and internal compliance procedures for political activities here.

      Company Political Contribution Guidelines

      Boeing policy prohibits the use of corporate funds or assets to support federal, state, or local political candidates, ballot initiatives, political parties, or section 527 entities. Boeing does not contribute corporate funds to Super PACs or use such funds for electioneering communications or independent expenditures.

      Boeing policy also prohibits contributions to non-U.S. political candidates, parties, party officials, and/or advocacy groups. Finally, Boeing prohibits outside organizations, such as trade associations, from using Boeing's funds for any election-related political expenditure, and Boeing requires written assurance from these organizations of their adherence to this policy.

      The Boeing Political Action Committee

      BPAC is the sole method Boeing uses to make political contributions. BPAC is not funded by corporate dollars. Instead, BPAC is funded solely from the voluntary, personal contributions from its members, who are primarily Boeing employees and retirees.

      BPAC may direct contributions to federal campaigns, as well as to state and local campaigns, ballot initiatives, political action committees, and political parties. BPAC conducts this work under the supervision of a 12-member BPAC Advisory Board comprised of senior leaders from the Company, including the EVP of Government Operations. All BPAC contributions are made on a nonpartisan basis and in accordance with objective criteria established by the Advisory Board and the EVP of Government Operations in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Contributions are made on the basis of a candidate’s policy positions on business issues of importance to the aerospace industry and to the company and its shareholders, as well as a candidate’s integrity, character, and commitment to good government. Authority to approve BPAC contributions has been delegated to the BPAC treasurer. Before each two-year federal election cycle, BPAC prepares a budget of contributions that specifies proposed candidates to whom BPAC will be contributing and rationale. This budget is reviewed on a bi-annual basis after its initial approval, and BPAC also tracks and oversees all involvement with candidate fundraising events. Government Operations senior leaders meet on a bi-weekly basis with Boeing’s Law Department to review contribution requests and approve BPAC contributions. For state and local political contributions, a similar review and oversight process occurs annually. Under the supervision of Boeing’s Law Department, BPAC regularly undergoes audits by an outside law firm and independent auditor. The EVP of Government Operations reviews BPAC’s budget and activity with the Company's Board of Directors annually. 

      You can find a full list of all candidates and committees to which BPAC has contributed here.

      Public Policy in Action

      The EVP of Government Operations also must approve all Company political advocacy, including when we advocate that the public contact their elected representatives directly about important public policy issues. Boeing ensures that all such advocacy efforts are conducted in accordance with applicable law, policies and procedures, sound corporate practice, integrity, and our high standards of ethical conduct, and enable us to advance our priorities in a way that supports Boeing values.

      Lobbying

      Boeing complies with the requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act and the Byrd Amendment, as well as all state requirements. The EVP of Government Operations, working closely with the Law and Global Compliance organization, has put in place a comprehensive lobbying compliance program, including complete and timely lobbying registration and reporting.

      You can find a full list of all federal lobbyists who have worked for Boeing and the issues on which they lobbied here and here.

      You can find similar information for state-level lobbying here [WA, CA, TX, MO, and FL].

      Trade Association Engagement

      Boeing believes that executing on our long-term strategy includes actively engaging and sharing our viewpoints on public policy matters with industry and other associations. Government Operations closely monitors each of these affiliations, including a review of any advocacy undertaken by such third-party groups, to ensure continued overall alignment with Boeing’s interests and business strategy. Government Operations leaders review all expenditures with the Company’s principal trade associations and other public policy groups at least annually with the Board’s GPP Committee to ensure alignment to our long-term strategy and monitor consistency with our interests and values. The Board also reviews all payments to trade associations and tax-exempt groups. This includes ensuring that the public and non-public positions taken by third-parties on issues such as climate change align with the Company’s public positions. In cases where our stated policy positions differ from those advocated by an organization that we support, the GPP Committee, together with the EVP of Government Operations, ensures that we engage constructively with that organization and, if necessary, reduce or withdraw our support.

      You can find a listing of the major trade associations Boeing supports here, along with information about the portion of dues that each association uses for lobbying purposes.

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