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From farm to final frontier: How Boeing’s CEO plants the seeds for tomorrow’s tech

30 Sep 2018, 16:34 UTC
From farm to final frontier: How Boeing’s CEO plants the seeds for tomorrow’s tech
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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg grew up on a farm in Iowa. (Boeing Photo)
Dennis Muilenburg is leading Boeing into a second century of innovation with dreams of hypersonic flight, self-flying planes and journeys to Mars. But to lead the way, the 102-year-old company’s CEO, chairman and president turns to the values he learned from his dad growing up on a farm in northwest Iowa.
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“He was never a big business executive, but at his core he taught me about integrity, the value of hard work, the fundamentals,” Muilenburg, 54, recalled during a recent conference on innovation. “And even in a big business, those work.”
Boeing certainly qualifies as a big business, and since Muilenburg took on the top post in 2015, the company’s ambitions have become even bigger.
Under his leadership, the company has rolled out the latest generation of its best-selling airplane, the single-aisle 737 MAX. It’s begun production of its next-generation, wide-body 777X. Boeing has also created a new business unit focused on servicing the airplanes that it sells — a power play that Muilenburg says could eventually ...

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