Boeing Nominates Sabrina Soussan to Board, Announces Chief Engineer, Greg Hyslop’s Retirement
Boeing has today announced the nomination of Sabrina Soussan to the company’s Board of Directors. On Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, Boeing also announced the retirement of Chief Engineer, Greg Hyslop, following a 41-year career with the company.
On Thursday (March 2, 2023), Boeing announced the nomination od Sabrina Soussan to the company’s Board of Directors. Ms. Soussan (53) currently serves as CEO and Chairman of SUEZ SA, a Paris-based global utility company specializing in waste and water management with a focus on sustainability. Previously, over a more than 20-year career with Siemens AG, she held a range of leadership positions, including Division CEO, Business Unit CEO, and as an Engineer in transportation, automation and energy management sectors. Prior to joining SUEZ, she served as CEO of Swiss dormakaba, a global leader in access and security solutions.
In Thursday’s announcement, Boeing’s Chairman, Larry Kellner, said,
“Sabrina is a proven leader who brings a global mindset with extensive engineering and senior leadership experience in manufacturing, safety, sustainability, transportation and digitalisation. With a track record of success and a shared commitment to our values, Sabrina will add essential perspective to our Board.”
Also commenting on the new Board appointment, Boeing’s President and CEO, Dave Calhoun, said,
“Sabrina is an ideal leader to join the Boeing board as we continue to restore our operational strength, guided by our focus on safety, quality and transparency. Her global expertise, strong engineering credentials and deep experience leading complex manufacturing operations with safety at the forefront will be vital to our business.”
Sabrina Soussan in French and German and hold’s a Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d'Aérotechnique and a master's degree in business administration from I.A.E. Poitiers and University of Dublin, Ireland. Subject to shareholder election at Boeing’s annual meeting of shareholders on April 18, 2023, Soussan would become the eighth independent director to join the Boeing Board since April 2019. Based in France, she would also become Boeing’s first Board member based outside the U.S., and would join the Board’s audit and finance committees.
In a previous press release on Wednesday (March 1, 2023), Boeing announced the retirement of Chief Engineer and EVP of Engineering, Test & Technology, Greg Hyslop, after a 41-year career spanning the company’s aerospace and defense portfolio. Mr. Hyslop has been on Boeing’s Executive Council since 2016 and assumed the top
engineering position in 2019. In that role, he led the realignment of the company’s engineers under one organization, championed changes to empower engineers, and instituted next-generation design practices. Greg Hyslop will support the leadership transition through June, as he assumes the role of Chief Engineer Emeritus, reporting to Dave Calhoun. He will also assist with program management, leadership development, and university relations efforts.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Boeing’s President and CEO, Dave Calhoun, said,
“Greg has modeled Boeing's commitment to engineering excellence throughout his four decades here. As we reshaped our company, Greg played an instrumental role in strengthening our engineering organization, positioning our engineers to innovate a future that is more digital, autonomous and sustainable, and always with a focus on safety, quality and integrity.”
Also commenting on his upcoming retirement, Greg Hyslop, said,
“When I think about the impact Boeing has on the world, I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with the talented people who take on the aerospace industry's most difficult problems. That's what engineers do. We solve problems. We happily accept challenges and find solutions that change the world. I will always be proud to call myself a Boeing Engineer.”
Greg Hyslop will be succeeded by Howard McKenzie, the top engineer at Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes (BCA) unit. Effective Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, Mr. McKenzie has taken over the leadership of Boeing’s 57,000 engineers worldwide, overseeing all aspects of safety and technical integrity of Boeing’s products and services. Additionally, he will be responsible for oversight of Boeing’s technology vision, strategy and investment, while reporting to the company’s President and CEO, Dave Calhoun. Prior to his role at BCA, McKenzie served as Vice President and Chief Engineer of Boeing Global Services. A 35-year veteran at the company, Mr. McKenzie also served as Vice President of Boeing Test and Evaluation.
Howard McKenzie will be succeeded by David Loffling, Chief Program Engineer of Boeing’s new 777X airplane, who will now take over as Vice President and Chief Engineer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Since joining Boeing over 20 years ago, Mr. Loffling has held roles of increasing responsibility, including engineering leadership positions across the company’s single-aisle and twin-aisle jet Families, as well as future airplane concepts.
Further speaking on the Engineering leadership team changes, Dave Calhoun, added,
“Howard and David are brilliant engineering minds who bring strong technical expertise and deep program experience to their new roles. They will join together with Chief Technology Officer Todd Citron and Chief Aerospace Safety Officer Michael Delaney to lead our function into the future and help us tackle the engineering challenges of today and tomorrow.”
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.