Roger Krone, president of the network and space systems business unit at Boeing (NYSE: BA) for nearly six years, will join Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) as CEO on July 14 to succeed the retiring John Jumper, Leidos said Tuesday.
This announcement comes nearly five months after Jumper announced his plans to retire from the chief executive role after nearly two years in the post at Leidos, which includes service as chairman and CEO of Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAI) prior to that company’s split into SAIC and Leidos.
Jumper, a former Air Force chief of staff and retired four-star general, will continue to serve as chairman of Leidos’ board of directors.
Lawrence Nussdorf, lead director of the company’s board of directors, cited Krone’s experience in leading organizations that work with U.S. and overseas agencies in the government, intelligence and commercial sectors.
In January, Executive Mosaic’s staff elected Krone to the Wash100, a group of government contracting executives recognized for vision and achievement at the intersection of the public and private sectors.
The nearly three-decade aerospace industry veteran described his move to the Washington area for his most recent role at Boeing in a conversation with our sister site GovCon Exec.
“(I had to) take what I learned about management and leadership and apply it to a new kind of business. That required being more versatile, more agile and learning a new customer set.”
Krone led nearly 15, 000 employees across 35 states and 12 countries as head of network and space systems at Boeing, a role that saw him focus energies on programs such as the Space Launch System and CST-100 spacecraft.
He served as vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Army systems division before the company formed the network and space systems segment and joined Boeing through its merger with McDonnell Douglas in 1997.
Prior to the merger, he served as vice president and treasurer at McDonnell Douglas and also held positions in information technology.
He joined the company in 1992 after a 14-year career at General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).