Today, the Boeing Company has appointed Brian West as the company’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective August 27, 2021. Mr. West joins the company after an illustrious career spanning senior financial and operational roles.
On Wednesday (June 30, 2021), the Boeing Company announced the appointment of Brian West as the company’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective August 27, 2021. Mr. West joins Boeing following a diverse and successful career in senior financial and operational roles in industries spanning aerospace, manufacturing, infrastructure, global informational services and financial and risk management. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer for Refintiv and as CFO and EVP of Operations for Oscar Health Insurance. Mr. West also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer at Nielsen. Prior to joining Nielsen, West spent 16 years at General Electric, including roles as CFO of GE Aviation and CFO of GE Engine Services.
In Wednesday’s announcement, the Boeing Company’s President and CEO, David Calhoun, said,
“Brian is the ideal executive to serve as Boeing's next CFO given his significant financial management and long-term strategic planning experience in complex global organizations across the aerospace, manufacturing and services industries. I have had the pleasure of working with Brian previously, and he is an exceptional leader whose broad operational expertise and commitment to transparency with stakeholders will advance our efforts as we continue our focus on safety and quality, improving our performance and transforming our company for the future.”
In his new role, Mr. West will lead all aspects of Boeing’s financial strategy, performance, long range planning, investor relations, treasury, controller and audit operations. Additionally, he will oversee business transformation and will have executive responsibility of the company’s financial arm, Boeing Capital Corporation. West will report directly to the Boeing Company’s President and CEO, Dave Calhoun, and will serve on the firm’s Executive Council.
Brian West succeeds Boeing’s current Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith, who previously announced his retirement. Boeing’s SVP and Treasurer, Dave Dohnalek, will serve as interim CFO until the transition in late August.
Further commenting on the executive leadership changes, Mr. Calhoun added,
“I want to thank Greg again for his outstanding contributions to our employees, customers, communities and our company throughout his more than thirty years of service with Boeing. I also want to thank Dave for assuming interim leadership of our Finance organization. With decades of executive leadership experience at Boeing across treasury, investor relations, financial planning and more, Dave is a highly respected and effective leader who will bring informed and balanced guidance to our Finance organization during this transition period.”
Boeing’s incoming CFO, Brian West, holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Siena College and an MBA from the Columbia University Business School.
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 will continue investing in their people for future growth.