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  • Joe Breitfeller

Boeing Appoints Dr. Brendan Nelson and Maria Fernandez to New International Leadership Roles

Boeing has appointed former Australian diplomat and minister Dr. Brendan Nelson as the new President of Boeing International. Maria Fernandez will also join the company as Boeing’s new President for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, succeeding Dr. Nelson.


Boeing International's New President, Dr. Brendan Nelson - Photo Inset Credit: Australia National Portrait Gallery

On Sunday (December 4, 2022), Boeing announced the appointment of several new international leaders. Former Australian Minister of Defence, and Boeing’s current President – Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, Dr. Brendan Nelson AO, has been appointed as the new President of Boeing International effective January 12, 2023. He will be based in London and will succeed Sir Michael Arthur who is retiring after five decades of service in the public and private sectors, including the last four years as President of Boeing International. In his new role, Dr. Nelson will lead the company’s international strategy and corporate operations, becoming the second non-U.S. citizen to lead the organization. He will also oversee 20 regional offices in key global markets, and will be responsible for developing the company’s growth and productivity initiatives outside of the U.S. Nelson will report to Boeing President and CEO, Dave Calhoun, and will join the company’s executive council.


In Sunday’s announcement, Boeing’s President and CEO, Dave Calhoun, said,


“Brendan brings to his new position vast experience in government and diplomacy, industry and non-profit associations, that will serve us well as we continue to grow as a global company while navigating the dynamics of the geopolitical environment. On behalf of our global team, I want to sincerely thank Sir Michael for his tremendous contributions, his tireless service to our customers, employees and industry over the past eight years.”


Maria Fernandez PSM will succeed Dr. Nelson as President of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, from December 20, 2022. Ms. Fernandez will be the company’s senior leader in the Oceania region and will also be the Board Chair of Boeing Australia Holdings. In her new role, Fernandez will coordinate Boeing Australia activities, lead government relations, and direct the implementation of the company’s strategy. Maria Fernandez has held senior positions in Australia’s departments of Home Affairs, Defence, Immigration and Border Protection and Education.

Commenting on the appointment of Ms. Fernandez, her predecessor, Dr. Brendan Nelson, said,


“Maria has had a distinguished career with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the Australian national security sector and was the first woman to lead an Australian intelligence agency. She has the ideal background for this position.”


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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