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Boeing Co. names new head for commercial airplanes business unit

Staff Report
Published June 27, 2012

The CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes — the business unit that includes Boeing South Carolina — announced his retirement Tuesday, and the aerospace giant named a successor whose experience includes overseeing the development of the company’s assembly and production facilities in the Lowcountry.

Ray Conner, new CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Ray Conner, new CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Ray Conner takes over Boeing Commercial Airplanes from his position as senior vice president of Sales and Customer Support for Commercial Airplanes, according to a news release. Conner replaces Jim Albaugh, who has worked at Boeing for 37 years and will retire Oct. 1. Albaugh is 62.

Conner was also vice president of Supply Chain Management and Operations, a position that included overseeing the development of Boeing South Carolina’s new production and assembly facilities. He has worked at Boeing for 34 years.

“Ray's breadth and depth of experience in commercial airplanes is unmatched in our industry,” said Jim McNerney, president and CEO for Boeing. “He has built airplanes, sold airplanes, serviced airplanes, managed our largest programs, knows our customers extremely well, and is respected by our employees. He is the natural next leader of our growing commercial airplanes business, and this move is consistent with our executive succession plan.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes oversees operations of Boeing South Carolina, where the company has completed its first Lowcountry-built 787 Dreamliner and is working toward delivering that first plane.