SE Episode 093: Understanding Your Mission w/ Dennis Muilenburg

Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing, on the Something Extra Podcast

No matter the position you strive for in life, understanding the mission behind what you’re doing professionally and personally remains necessary. Listen to Dennis’ story from his humble beginnings in engineering and program management to leading his colleagues of Boeing as CEO.

Bio: American engineer, business executive, and the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Boeing Company, a multinational aerospace and defense company, Dennis Muilenberg led the company as CEO from July 2015–December 2019.

Until July 2015, Muilenburg served as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of Boeing, where he supported the company’s aerospace business operations and focused on specific growth enablers, including important global relationships, leadership initiatives and development program performance.

Before that, Muilenburg served as president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS).

Earlier, Muilenburg was president of BDS’s Global Services & Support business, vice president and general manager of the Boeing Combat Systems division, and program manager for Future Combat Systems. Prior to that, he served as vice president of Programs & Engineering for Boeing Air Traffic Management and director of Weapon Systems for the proposed Boeing Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. He also held program management and engineering positions on F-22, Airborne Laser, High Speed Civil Transport and the Condor reconnaissance aircraft, among others.

Muilenburg spent the first 15 years of his Boeing career in the Puget Sound region of Washington, where he held a number of program management and engineering positions in support of both the commercial airplanes and defense businesses.

A native of Iowa, Muilenburg earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and an honorary doctor of science degree from Iowa State University, as well as a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.

Dennis’ Something Extra: Be purposeful; understand the mission behind what you’re doing in business and in life.

Links and Mentions:
CEO Forum

– Lisa Nichols, Host
– Scott Crosby, Executive Producer
– Daniel Williams, Recording Engineer