announced today that its board of directors has accepted the resignation of Phil Condit, 62, as chairman and CEO.
Boeing stated that after thorough deliberations, its board decided that a new structure for the leadership of
the company is needed and named Lewis E. Platt, 62, as non-executive chairman and Harry C. Stonecipher, 67, as president and CEO, effective
Both Platt and Stonecipher are experienced leaders who are knowledgeable
about the company’s operations and strategy. Platt has been a member of
Boeing’s board of directors for four years; he is a retired chairman of the
board, president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company. Stonecipher retired
from Boeing in 2002 after working closely with Condit for five years in several roles, including vice chairman, president and chief operating officer.
Stonecipher also has served as a Boeing director for six years.
Condit said "Boeing is advancing on several of the most important programs in its
history and I offered my resignation as a way to put the distractions and
controversies of the past year behind us, and to place the focus on our performance,"
added "I am proud of the strategies that have transformed Boeing into the world’s largest aerospace company, and I have
the highest regard and respect for Lew and Harry. They each possess the knowledge, experience and leadership to take this company to the next level.
I will watch the progress of Boeing with great pride."
New chairman, Lew
Platt commented "The board appreciates that Phil acted with characteristic dignity and
selflessness in recognizing that his resignation was for the good of the
"We accepted his decision with
sadness, but also with the knowledge that changes needed to be made. The
board is confident that the new leadership will bring a renewed focus on
execution and performance.
"The board is in unanimous agreement that the company has been pursuing
the right transformation strategy and that Boeing is in excellent financial
condition," added Platt.
"As the non-executive chairman, I will bring to bear the full strength and
perspective of the board in guiding the company and assisting Harry in any
way he requests. Harry will be responsible for executing our strategy and
running every aspect of the company," Platt said.
new president and CEO, Harry C. Stonecipher said, "Boeing has a solid foundation for the future – strong businesses, valuable
assets, and thousands of hard-working, dedicated people – and we are all
deeply grateful to Phil for his contributions and accomplishments,"
"We have the right strategy. The task before us is to execute. We need to
strengthen our reputation with our customers, employees, investors and the
communities in which we operate. Lew and I, and the entire board, are determined that the events of the last year no longer obscure the company’s
strengths or distract us from what we need to do. Boeing is a great company
with tremendous capabilities to define the future in each of our markets and
deliver consistent, profitable growth," added Stonecipher.
Lew Platt joined Hewlett-Packard in 1966 in the medical products operations
and went on to manage various parts of HP’s computer business. He became an executive vice president in 1987 and retired in 1999 after serving
seven years as chairman, CEO and president of HP. He was the CEO of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates from 2000 to mid-2001.
Platt earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell
University and has a master’s degree in business administration from the
Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the
boards of 7-Eleven, The Packard Foundation and the Wharton School.
Harry Stonecipher’s aerospace career spans more than 47 years from his
start at General Motors’ Allison Division as a lab technician to being elected
vice chairman of The Boeing Company in 2001. In 1960, he joined General Electric’s aircraft engine operations, and progressed through a series of
engineering and program positions, ending up running the division from 1984 to 1987.
In 1987, Stonecipher left GE to join Sundstrand and shortly thereafter
became president and chief operating officer. He became president and CEO
in 1989 and assumed the additional office of chairman in 1991. During his
seven and a half years at Sundstrand, Stonecipher repaired the company’s
seriously damaged customer relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense.
Stonecipher joined McDonnell Douglas in 1994 as president and CEO. In his
short 33 months at the aerospace company he increased the financial performance of the enterprise, saw a four-fold increase in the share price,
and led the merger with Boeing in 1997. At completion of the merger, Stonecipher was elected president and chief operating officer and a member
of Boeing’s board.
He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Tennessee Technological
University and serves on the board of directors of PACCAR, Inc.