LOS ANGELES Boeing Co. has promoted Dennis A. Muilenburg, head of its defense division, to vice chairman, president and chief operating officer, effective Dec. 31.
Muilenburg, 49, will move to Boeings corporate headquarters in Chicago and will share prime oversight of the companys day to-day business operations with chairman, president and chief executive officer Jim McNerney.
Raymond L. Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, has been appointed vice chairman of the unit. Conner, 58, will remain in Seattle, overseeing the portion of the parent company that now accounts for more than 60 percent of its business.
Boeing said Muilenburg and Conner will "join with McNerney in managing a number of core Boeing corporate processes and activities."
Muilenburg has been with Boeing for 28 years and has headed the $33-billion, 58,000-employee Defense, Space & Security business since 2009.
Conner is a 35-year Boeing veteran, beginning his career as an airplane mechanic. He led the units sales, marketing and commercial aviation services, and before that he served as vice president and general manager of supply chain management and operations.
Christopher M. Chadwick, president of Boeing Military Aircraft, was named executive vice president, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, replacing Muilenburg. Shelley K. Lavender, vice president and general manager of integrated logistics at the defense unit, will succeed Chadwick as head of Boeing Military Aircraft.