Executive Vice President
The Boeing Company
President and Chief Executive Officer
Alan Mulally is executive vice president of The Boeing Company, and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He is responsible for all of the company's commercial airplane programs and related services, which in 2005 generated record orders for new business and sales of more than $22.6 billion. Mulally is a member of the Boeing Executive Council and serves as Boeing's senior executive in the Pacific Northwest.
Mulally was named president of Commercial Airplanes in September 1998. The responsibility of chief executive officer for the business unit was added in March 2001.
Prior to his current position, Mulally served as president of Boeing Information, Space & Defense Systems and senior vice president of The Boeing Company. Appointed to that role in February 1997, he was responsible for Boeing's defense, space and government business.
Beginning in 1994, Mulally was senior vice president of Airplane Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, responsible for all airplane development activities, flight test operations, certification and government technical liaison.
Earlier, Mulally served as vice president of Engineering, and as vice president and general manager of the 777 program.
Mulally joined Boeing in 1969 and progressed through a number of significant engineering and program-management assignments, including contributions on the 727, 737, 747, 757 and 767 airplanes.
Mulally serves as co-chair of the Washington Competitiveness Council, and sits on the advisory boards of NASA, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England's Royal Academy of Engineering.
He is the immediate past president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and current president of its Foundation. In addition, Mulally is the immediate past chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association.
Mulally holds bachelor's and master's of science degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Kansas, and earned a master's in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 1982 Alfred P. Sloan fellow.
A native of Kansas, Mulally was born Aug. 4, 1945. He, his wife Nicki and their five children reside in the Seattle area. He is a private pilot and also enjoys tennis, golf and reading.
Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions and industry leadership, including:
- Named one of "The Best Leaders of 2005" by BusinessWeek magazine for streamlining Boeing's production system and transforming the company's commercial airplanes product line.
- Honored in 2002 for distinguished service by the University of Kansas.
- Named an honorary fellow of England's Royal Aeronautical Society in 1999.
- Selected in 1996 as a Laureate, Aviation Week & Space Technology's top honor, for the Boeing 777's introduction into commercial service. In addition, Mulally received three Laurels recognition from the magazine: in 2000 for leading the Commercial Airplanes team in a turnaround that increased financial performance, productivity and shareholder satisfaction; in 1995 for leading development of the 777; and in 1986 for his work on wind shear and effective pilot training.
- Recipient of the AIAA Reed Aeronautics award for a "lifetime of achievement in commercial aviation" in 1996.
- Named 1996 Engineer of the Year by Design News magazine.
- Accepted the National Aeronautic Association Robert J. Collier Trophy on behalf of the 777 team for the "greatest achievement in aeronautics and astronautics for 1995."
- Elected as an AIAA fellow in 1995.
- Recipient of the University of Kansas Engineering School's Distinguished Engineering Service award in 1994.
- Honored with the 1986 AIAA Technical Management Award.
- Named by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 1985 as one of the top 25 business leaders for the 1990s.
- Selected for the Seattle Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Tomorrow program in 1984.
- Chosen 1978 Industry Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
- Named as Boeing's 1978 Engineering Employee of the Year.