Boeing Phantom Works to Transfer Leadership

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Boeing Company

    SEATTLE, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Dave Swain, Boeing (NYSE:   BA) senior vice
 president of engineering & technology and president of Phantom Works, has
 announced he will transfer the presidency of Phantom Works in July to George
 Muellner, the advanced R&D unit's vice president - general manager.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001004/BOEINGLOGO )
     "The time is right for George, who has helped me lead Phantom Works since
 1999, to become the organization's single leader," Swain said.  "It will help
 streamline reporting relationships within the organization and allow me more
 time to focus on my duties as Boeing chief technology officer."
     Phantom Works is a virtual organization with about 4,000 employees spread
 across the company and supporting all the business units.  Its mission is to
 be a catalyst of innovation for the enterprise, providing breakthroughs in
 technology that significantly reduce the cycle time and cost of Boeing's
 products and services while improving their quality and performance.
     "Within the new architecture of the company, Phantom Works and the process
 councils will play an even more important role in helping Boeing operate
 efficiently and effectively as an integrated company, creating greater value
 for our customers and investors," said Phil Condit, Boeing chairman and chief
 executive officer.
     As Phantom Works' new president, starting July 2, Muellner's
 responsibilities will expand from supporting primarily the defense and space
 business units of Boeing to supporting all the business units, including
 Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, Connexion(SM) by Boeing and Air Traffic
 Management.  He will report to Swain as CTO and conduct operations from Seal
 Beach, Calif.
     "This change will have minimal impact on our employees and virtually no
 impact on the way we operate," said Muellner.  "If anything, it will allow us
 to be even more agile and responsive in supporting the business units and
 spreading best practices and technologies across the enterprise."
     To further streamline operations, three non-R&D-focused functions will be
 drawn from the current Phantom Works organization to also report to Swain as
 CTO.  The three functions are:
 
     -- Boeing Ventures -- focused on giving employees, through the Chairman's
 Innovation Initiative, an opportunity to develop innovative ideas into
 potential new businesses.
     -- Intellectual Property Business -- focused on generating more value from
 company patents and technologies and on acquiring more patents for the
 company.
     -- External Technical Relations -- focused on integrating Boeing's
 university, government and industry technical affiliations to capture greater
 value from them.
 
     Swain, who will be moving to Boeing's new world headquarters, will also
 continue to chair the Boeing Engineering Process Council, composed of the
 chief engineers of the business units and focused on such strategic issues as
 cultivating top engineering talent and spreading best tools, processes and
 practices across the enterprise.
 
 

SOURCE The Boeing Company
    SEATTLE, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Dave Swain, Boeing (NYSE:   BA) senior vice
 president of engineering & technology and president of Phantom Works, has
 announced he will transfer the presidency of Phantom Works in July to George
 Muellner, the advanced R&D unit's vice president - general manager.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001004/BOEINGLOGO )
     "The time is right for George, who has helped me lead Phantom Works since
 1999, to become the organization's single leader," Swain said.  "It will help
 streamline reporting relationships within the organization and allow me more
 time to focus on my duties as Boeing chief technology officer."
     Phantom Works is a virtual organization with about 4,000 employees spread
 across the company and supporting all the business units.  Its mission is to
 be a catalyst of innovation for the enterprise, providing breakthroughs in
 technology that significantly reduce the cycle time and cost of Boeing's
 products and services while improving their quality and performance.
     "Within the new architecture of the company, Phantom Works and the process
 councils will play an even more important role in helping Boeing operate
 efficiently and effectively as an integrated company, creating greater value
 for our customers and investors," said Phil Condit, Boeing chairman and chief
 executive officer.
     As Phantom Works' new president, starting July 2, Muellner's
 responsibilities will expand from supporting primarily the defense and space
 business units of Boeing to supporting all the business units, including
 Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, Connexion(SM) by Boeing and Air Traffic
 Management.  He will report to Swain as CTO and conduct operations from Seal
 Beach, Calif.
     "This change will have minimal impact on our employees and virtually no
 impact on the way we operate," said Muellner.  "If anything, it will allow us
 to be even more agile and responsive in supporting the business units and
 spreading best practices and technologies across the enterprise."
     To further streamline operations, three non-R&D-focused functions will be
 drawn from the current Phantom Works organization to also report to Swain as
 CTO.  The three functions are:
 
     -- Boeing Ventures -- focused on giving employees, through the Chairman's
 Innovation Initiative, an opportunity to develop innovative ideas into
 potential new businesses.
     -- Intellectual Property Business -- focused on generating more value from
 company patents and technologies and on acquiring more patents for the
 company.
     -- External Technical Relations -- focused on integrating Boeing's
 university, government and industry technical affiliations to capture greater
 value from them.
 
     Swain, who will be moving to Boeing's new world headquarters, will also
 continue to chair the Boeing Engineering Process Council, composed of the
 chief engineers of the business units and focused on such strategic issues as
 cultivating top engineering talent and spreading best tools, processes and
 practices across the enterprise.
 
 SOURCE  The Boeing Company

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