Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing is the prime contractor for the International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation. They continue to expand their product line and services to meet emerging customer needs.
Their broad range of capabilities includes creating new, more efficient members of their commercial airplane family; integrating military platforms, defense systems and the warfighter through network-centric operations; creating advanced technology solutions that reach across business units; e-enabling airplanes and providing connectivity on moving platforms; and arranging financing solutions for their customers. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 170,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries.
This represents one of the most diverse, talented and innovative workforces anywhere. More than 140,000 of their people hold college degrees--including nearly 35,000 advanced degrees--in virtually every business and technical field from approximately 2,700 colleges and universities worldwide. Their enterprise also leverages the talents of hundreds of thousands more skilled people working for Boeing suppliers worldwide. Ray Conner is executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
He is responsible for the company's Commercial Airplanes programs and services, and is a member of the Boeing Executive Council and serves as Boeing's senior executive in the Pacific Northwest. Conner was named to this position in 6/12. Before this assignment, Conner had the responsibility of leading Sales, Marketing and Commercial Aviation Services for Boeing, having been appointed to the position in August 2011. Prior to that, Conner was vice president and general manager of Supply Chain Management and Operations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Appointed to the position in December 2008, he was responsible for overall leadership of Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management, Fabrication and Propulsion Systems and the Manufacturing and Quality functional organization. For the year before that assignment, Conner was vice president of Sales for Commercial Airplanes, with responsibility for the sale of commercial airplanes and related services to airlines and leasing customers around the world. Between February 2003 and December 2007, Conner was vice president of Sales for the Americas.
As such, he was responsible for the Boeing business relationships with airline customers in North America and Latin America and for the sale of commercial airplanes to customers in those regions. Before that assignment, Conner was vice president and general manager of the 777 program, beginning in June 2001. Before leading the 777 Program, Conner was vice president of Asia/Pacific Sales for Commercial Airplanes. In that role, Conner led the Asia/Pacific sales team and was responsible for maintaining Boeing's business relationships with Asia/Pacific airlines and Asian aerospace industries.
He also was responsible for the operation of Boeing offices in China, Japan and Korea. In addition, Conner served as vice president and general manager of the 747 program, overseeing a team that managed the design, development certification and production of the 747 airplane. Before that assignment, Conner was vice president of the Propulsion Systems Division, where he led the development of propulsion systems and auxiliary power units for the entire Boeing family of commercial airplanes. Before leading Propulsion Systems, Conner was director of Finance and Information Systems for the Materiel Division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
There, he was responsible for developing and implementing strategies to lower cost and achieve higher productivity in the procurement of contracts from suppliers around the world. Conner also oversaw information systems support for remote site networking, electronic commerce and workstation upgrades. Previously, Conner held various other management positions in the company, including deputy director of Major outside Production and Program Participants, and of International Business Operations, both in the Materiel Division. As the Boeing Commercial Airplanes sales director for Thailand, Conner led a group working with the U.S. Government on political issues affecting the company. He joined the company in 1977 as a mechanic on the 727 program.
Conner holds a bachelor degree from Central Washington University and a master in business administration from the University of Puget Sound. Boeing is known around the world as a leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes. What's less well known is that Boeing is also a leader in space technology, defense aircraft and systems, and communication systems.
Their advertising campaigns close the gap between current perceptions of Boeing and their true scope as a global aerospace company. Wanda Denson-Low is senior vice president of the Office of Internal Governance for The Boeing Company, the world's leading aerospace company. A member of the company's executive council, Denson Low was named to her current position in 2007. She is responsible for the advancement and effective implementation of the company's internal governance policies and plans. She has management oversight for Corporate Audit Ethics and Business Conduct; and, Global Trade Controls, which includes all import and export activities.
She also has responsibility for all other related regulatory and compliance matters. As an integrated compliance organization. Formed in 2003, OIG's mission is to maintain a risk management system that supports a compliant, accountable and transparent environment, enabling Boeing to remain responsive and competitive in the rapidly changing global marketplace. Previously, Denson-Low served as the company's vice president and assistant general counsel with responsibility for leading the legal staff for Boeing's defense and space businesses, and its Phantom Works organization.
Prior to that position, Denson-Low was the vice president of human resources and was responsible for the successful implementation of employee policies, strategies, and processes for the defense and space unit's workforce. With more than 30 years of experience in corporate law, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, data rights, government contracts, and intellectual property law, Denson-Low has a distinguished professional career that began in 1981 as a patent attorney at Union Carbide Corporation.
She joined the $16 billion Hughes Aircraft Company in 1985 and in 1989 was named Hughes' chief patent counsel, making her the first minority woman chief patent counsel of a Fortune 500 company. Denson-Low became a member of the Boeing legal team in October 2000, as part of the Boeing acquisition of Hughes Space and Communications, where she had risen to the position of general counsel for the $3. 5 billion company. As an active community leader, Denson-Low is currently a member of the board of trustees for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Her professional and business affiliations include the Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Corporate Counsel Association, Black Women Lawyers Association and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association. Her extensive list of professional achievements and awards include receiving the 2011 Pioneer Award from Black Engineer of the Year, the National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans and the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Award, which recognized her as one of the thirty most powerful women in business in 2001.
In 2000, she was awarded the Silver Anniversary Award from the Los Angeles Black Women Lawyers' Association for her invaluable contributions to the community. Denson-Low earned her juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is admitted to practice law in California and Connecticut. Denson-Low is married and has two children. Timothy Keating is senior vice president of Government Operations for The Boeing Company, the world's leading aerospace company.
He is a member of the company's Executive Council. Keating joined Boeing in May 2008 and leads the company's public policy efforts, including all U. S. federal, state and local government liaison operations. Prior to joining Boeing, Keating was senior vice president, Global Government Relations, for Honeywell International. In this position, he was responsible for leading Honeywell's companywide government relations program. He led a global function with offices in Washington, D.C. , Belgium, China, India, and Canada.
In the U. S. , Keating oversaw Honeywell's policy advocacy efforts with Congress and the executive branch, as well as with state governments. He also chaired the Honeywell Political Action Committee. In addition, he was responsible for Honeywell's grassroots program. Previously, Keating served as chairman of the board and managing partner at Timmons and Company -- one of Washington's most prestigious lobbying firms.
There, from 1998 until he joined Honeywell in 2002, Keating worked closely with Congress along with a wide range of CEOs, CFOs and general counsels in formulating and communicating public-policy recommendations. Keating served the Clinton Administration as special assistant to the President and staff director for White House Legislative Affairs. At the request of the White House, he served as director for Government Affairs and co-director of Credentials for the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Following the convention, he assisted in the preparation and logistics for the presidential and vice-presidential debates. Keating again served as director for Government Affairs and co-director of Credentials for the presidential Inaugural Committee in 1997. In both 2000 and 2004, he served as director of Government Affairs and co-director of Credentials for the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles and Boston, respectively. Keating began his association with the Clinton administration in 1992 by serving on the transition team preparing for confirmation of the President's Cabinet.
Before joining the Clinton Administration, Keating held several positions with the United States House of Representatives. He served as assistant floor manager for the Democratic leadership from 1986-1992 and, prior to that, as special assistant to the doorkeeper. Keating is a member of the CSIS Advisory Board, Board of Governors for the Bryce Harlow Foundation, Corporate Advisory Board of SOME, Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers, the Trust for the National Mall, and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.