March 4, 2019
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Boeing nominates former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to board of directors

Boeing on Tuesday announced the nomination of former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to its board of directors.

Haley, also a former South Carolina governor, “is expected to help guide the company in a global aerospace market where it competes fiercely with its European rival, Airbus,” The Washington Post reports via The Herald.

The appointment is subject to approval at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on April 29.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to contribute to Boeing’s continued success as a cutting-edge industry leader and a great American company,” Haley said in a news release. “Not only is Boeing the largest aerospace company in the world and America’s biggest exporter, it also understands the importance of teamwork and building community through its network of suppliers in all 50 states and around the world.”

Haley served South Carolina’s first female and first minority governor, from 2011 to 2017. South Carolina is also home to Boeing’s only commercial assembly line outside of Washington state, where the 787 model is built.

She served as U.N. ambassador from January 2017 to December 2018, when she stepped down.

“Haley is one of the few Trump appointees to leave government with her reputation largely unscathed, and she tamped down speculation that she would run for president in 2020 or 2024,” The Post reported. “She wrote in her resignation letter that she wanted to ‘take a step up’ to the private sector after fourteen years in public office.”

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement that the company will “benefit greatly from [Haley’s] broad perspectives and combined diplomatic, government and business experience to help achieve our aspiration to be the best in aerospace and a global industrial champion.”



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