Aviation

New Boeing defense chief spent part of career in Wichita

Leanne Caret with a model of a Kennedy-era Air Force One at Boeing Wichita in 2006.
Leanne Caret with a model of a Kennedy-era Air Force One at Boeing Wichita in 2006. File photo

Boeing on Thursday named a new chief executive for Boeing Defense, Space & Security, and she has roots in the Wichita area.

Leanne Caret will become president and CEO of the $30 billion unit on March 1. Caret replaces Chris Chadwick, who is retiring.

Caret, 49, has a bachelor’s degree in business from Kansas State University and a master’s in business from Wichita State University.

“Leanne has a track record of delivering results, an intense customer focus, and the global acumen necessary to build on the existing strengths of our defense, space and security business and grow it for the future,” Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Co. chairman, president and CEO, said in a news release.

Caret has been with Boeing for 28 years and is currently leader of Boeing’s Global Services & Support business, which has $9 billion in annual revenue and about 13,000 employees in 295 locations around the world.

The daughter of a retired Boeing employee, Caret moved to Derby in sixth grade and began her career with Boeing in 1988 after graduating from KSU. She was general manager of Boeing global transport & executive systems in Wichita from 1998 to 2009.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security comprises the Chicago-based company’s military aircraft business — fixed wing and helicopter — plus weapons and satellite systems. It is based in St. Louis.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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