Linda Mills has been appointed Vice President of
Communications for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Mills joins Boeing
from Seattle-based Starbucks, where she served as Vice President
of Global Communications.
In her new role, Mills will work with a team of
communications and marketing professionals responsible for global
media relations, employee and executive communications, social
media engagement, advertising, and other communications
Mills will report to Phil Musser, senior vice
president of Communications, and Kevin McAllister, president & CEO
of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“Kevin and I are thrilled to
have someone with Linda’s talents and proven track record join our
communications team and help share Boeing’s amazing stories during
our second century of aerospace innovation,” said Musser.
the past six years, Mills held leadership roles at Starbucks with
broad responsibility for brand communications, thought leadership,
executive communications, and issues and crisis management. She
led high-profile campaigns and helped launch dozens of new
products and services. In 2015, industry publication PR Week named
Mills as one of its “40 under 40” communications professionals.
Prior to Starbucks, Mills was
a vice president at public relations
firm Waggener Edstrom (now known as WE), where she managed
communications for top consumer technology brands and supported
new innovations such as Connexion by Boeing. Before Waggener
Edstrom, Mills worked at MWW Group in Seattle and Publicis Dialog
“Boeing has a storied culture of innovation spanning
the past century, and I am grateful for the opportunity to join an
exceptional team during an exciting time of transformation in the
aerospace industry and in the practice of communications,” said
Mills succeeds Sean McCormack, who announced in
September his decision to leave Boeing after nearly a decade with
the company. He led Communications at Commercial Airplanes and,
before that, Communications for Government Operations in Washington, D.C.
“Sean did an outstanding job leading our team
during a period of significant achievements, including record
commercial airplane production, overseeing Boeing’s centennial
celebrations in the Puget Sound, and development of advanced jets
such as the 787-10 Dreamliner. We'll miss him at Boeing but
respect his decision to start something new,” said Musser.
Mills lives in the Seattle area with her family. She will be based
at Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ headquarters in Renton, Wash.