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Boeing’s Defense Business to Operate With 4 Divisions; Ted Colbert Quoted

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has reorganized its defense, space and security business by merging its eight divisions into four as part of efforts to streamline collaboration and integration.

Boeing Defense, Space and Security will now operate with four divisions focused on vertical lift; mobility, surveillance and bombers; air dominance; and space, intelligence and weapon systems, the parent company said Thursday.

“These changes will help accelerate operational discipline and program quality and performance, while stabilizing our development and production programs. These are necessary steps to put BDS on the path to stronger, profitable growth,” said Ted Colbert, president and CEO of BDS.

Mark Cherry will lead the vertical lift division as vice president and general manager.

Dan Gillian will serve as VP and GM of mobility, surveillance and bombers division that includes KC-46, P-8, E-7, SAOC and VC-25B aircraft.

Steve Nordlund will oversee the air dominance division as VP and GM and serve as senior site executive for the St. Louis region. The division will cover F-15, T-7, F/A-18, MQ-28, MQ-25 aircraft; classified programs; and nonspace portfolio under Phantom Works.

Kay Sears will serve as VP and GM of the space, intelligence and weapon systems division, which includes space exploration and launch programs, munitions, satellites, maritime undersea, missiles, weapon system deterrent, Phantom Works space and subsidiaries.

According to the company, the realignment builds on the appointment of Steve Parker as chief operating officer of the BDS segment and consolidation of manufacturing and safety, supply chain, total quality and program management divisions.

Jim Chilton will continue to serve as senior VP for space and launch through Feb. 4, and will transition to the role of senior adviser to Colbert with a focus on future space ventures.

Tim Peters, VP and GM of mobility and surveillance, and Cindy Gruensfelder, VP and GM of missile and weapon systems, will retire from their posts after the transition.

Boeing Global Services will consolidate domestic and international government services units into one segment. Torbjorn “Turbo” Sjogren will lead the combined entity as VP and GM of BGS Government Services.

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