Boeing creates defense data analytics group to focus IT efforts

boeing 112As part of a focus on increasing its global competitiveness, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, based in St. Louis, MO, announced May 27 that it is creating a new data analytics organization to provide customers with new and advanced offerings for leveraging information technologies across its products and services.

Also, Chris Raymond, currently the vice president of Business Development & Strategy for Defense, Space & Security, is assuming dual leadership roles for that unit’s Network & Space Systems businesses.

“We’re evolving and repositioning core capabilities as we develop new, innovative offerings,” said Chris Chadwick, president and CEO of Defense, Space & Security. “This is all part of how we’re shaping the organization to support the innovation and growth we need in Boeing’s second century.”

Dewey Houck has been named the first chief data analytics officer for Chadwick’s unit, reporting to Darryl Davis, president of the Phantom Works advanced technology group. Houck was vice president and general manager of Electronic & Information Solutions within Network & Space Systems.

“Bringing new information capability to existing and future platforms is a growth opportunity that our competitors can’t easily match,” Chadwick added. “Dewey will help us realize that potential around the world.”

Raymond is succeeding Houck and becoming the Washington, D.C.-based deputy to Network & Space Systems President Craig Cooning, who is in California.

“In nearly a decade as our leader of business development and strategy, Chris has guided many significant wins, transformed our approach to customer engagement and been a champion of culture change,” Chadwick said. “He is skilled at balancing near-term business objectives with broader strategic goals, and he is a trusted voice with our customers.”

These changes are effective June 1.

Tom Bell returns to Boeing to succeed Raymond as vice president of Sales and Marketing, a new name for the business development team that emphasizes the importance of accelerating sales and global growth. Bell will report to Chadwick.

Bell spent more than 20 years at Boeing before departing in 2012 for Rolls-Royce, where he most recently was president of Rolls-Royce Defense. His earlier Boeing roles included vice president of Strategic Development for Chadwick’s unit, leader of the company’s London office and head of sales for the military support and military aircraft businesses.

Bell’s appointment is effective June 5.

Steve Nordlund is appointed vice president of Strategy for Defense, Space & Security. Reporting directly to Chadwick, Nordlund will lead a team focused on ensuring alignment and integration of the business strategy across the enterprise, enabling the company to quickly and affordably bring new and enhanced capabilities to Boeing’s domestic and international customers.

Most recently Nordlund led the Unmanned Systems organization within Boeing Military Aircraft and Phantom Works. Previously, Nordlund helped to launch Insitu and served as director of Business Intelligence and New Business Opportunities for Commercial Airplanes.

Nordlund’s appointment is effective June 1.

Source: Boeing Defense, Space & Security