Boeing has appointed Niel
Golightly as Senior Vice President of
Niel, 61, succeeds Anne Toulouse,
who had previously announced plans to retire in early 2020.
He will report to interim CEO Greg Smith
initially, and then to President and CEO David Calhoun from 13 January onwards.
He will also serve on the company's executive council
and be based in Chicago.
"Niel is a world-class communications
professional with deep knowledge, expertise and relationships
acquired over an accomplished career in both the private and
public sectors," said Smith. "Importantly, he shares our values of
safety, quality and integrity, and as a former Navy fighter pilot, Niel brings a deep passion for aerospace and Boeing's mission. We
are excited to welcome Niel to the team as we work together to
safely return the 737 MAX to service, restore trust with our key
stakeholders around the globe, and continue to build our future."
Niel joins Boeing from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA),
where since 2018 he served as global chief communications officer.
In that role he was responsible for developing and implementing
FCA's overarching corporate communications strategy, overseeing
media relations, leadership and employee communications, and
working alongside the company's CEO and leadership team.
He has 25 years of communications and strategy experience,
holding leadership roles with a number of large, global industrial companies including FCA, Royal Dutch Shell and Ford Motor Company.
Prior to his corporate experience, Niel served for 14 years
in the U.S. Navy, including as a fighter pilot and as speechwriter
to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Niel 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.
Senior Vice President.