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  • Joe Breitfeller

Boeing Appoints Brian Besanceney as New Communications Chief

Boeing has named Brian Besanceny as the company’s new Senior Vice President and Communications Officer effective September 6, 2022. Mr. Besanceny brings over 25 years of strategic communications experience, including senior roles at Walmart and Disney.

Boeing's New SVP and Chief Communications Officer, Brian Besanceney - Courtesy Boeing

On Thursday (July 28, 2022), Boeing announced the appointment of Brian Besanceney as the company’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer effective September 6, 2022. Mr. Besanceney is a corporate affairs leader with over 25 years of experience in strategic communications and government affairs, including senior roles at Walmart and Disney. In his new role, Besanceney will oversee all aspects of Boeing’s communications, including communications relative to commercial airplanes, defense and services businesses, media relations, external affairs, employee engagement and company branding. Mr. Besanceney will report directly to Boeing’s President and CEO, David Calhoun, and also serve on the company’s Executive Council. In his new role, Besanceny succeeds Ed Dandridge, who departed the company in June, and he will be based at Boeing’s Global headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

In Thursday’s announcement, Boeing’s President and CEO, David Calhoun, said,

“Brian is an outstanding communications executive with a proven record of leading global teams and helping several of the world's well-known companies and organizations tell their stories, in addition to managing complex issues in the private sector and at the highest levels of government. I am confident Brian will help us build on our ongoing commitment to engaging our employees and stakeholders transparently as we continue to navigate a challenging global environment and work to position Boeing for the long term.”

Mr. Besanceny joins Boeing from Walmart, where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. Prior to Walmart, he served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Walt Disney World, where he led external and internal communications and corporate citizenship, as well as worldwide government and industry relations for Disney’s Parks & Resorts division.

Before his tenure at Disney, Brian Besanceney served the U.S. government in key roles including Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also served under U.S. President George W. Bush as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Communications Director for Planning.

Additionally, Mr. Besanceney serves on the Board of Orlando Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system in the southeastern U.S. with over $8 billion in assets under management, as well as on the Board of the Institute for Public Relations. He previously served on the Boards of the Trust for the National Mall and the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Boeing (NYSE: BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services. The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP. Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide. As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.

Source: Boeing/PRNewswire

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