The Boeing Company has appointed Ed Dandridge to succeed Greg Smith as senior vice president and chief communications officer, effective Sept. 28. Dandridge will report to Boeing president and CEO, David Calhoun, and will serve on the company's Executive Council.
"I am deeply grateful for Greg's continued leadership as we navigate this company through the current challenges, transform our business, and position to emerge stronger and more resilient than ever," Calhoun said. Smith has served as interim chief communications officer since July 2020 in addition to his role as executive vice president of Enterprise Operations and chief financial officer (CFO).
"Ed is an exceptional communications executive, strategist and global leader with a track record of developing and leading high-performing teams that enable businesses to deepen their engagement with customers and drive outcomes," Calhoun added.
Dandridge is a seasoned global executive and recognized industry leader with more than 25 years of experience in corporate reputation, issues management and public policy, and business transformation.
In his new role, Dandridge will oversee all aspects of Boeing's communications, including business unit communications, corporate communications, media relations, public affairs, leadership communications, employee engagement and corporate branding, as well as channel and content marketing.
Prior to joining Boeing, Dandridge was with AIG, where he served as global chief marketing and communications officer of AIG General Insurance since April 2018. At AIG he worked on the executive leadership team of the property and casualty business.
Previously, Dandridge was chief marketing and communications officer for Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). In addition to his corporate portfolio, he also served as chief marketing and communications officer for MMC's Risk and Insurance Services businesses.
Before his tenure with MMC, Dandridge was president and CEO of the National Association of Investment Companies, an industry trade group representing middle market private equity and venture firms.
His other leadership roles include chief marketing officer of Collective; chief communications officer of Nielsen, managing partner of BrandSphere, and vice president of Disney’s ABC Television Network.
Dandridge is a member of the Economic & Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; a member of the Executive Leadership Council, where he also serves on the board of directors; and a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
"I know Ed will continue to build on our unwavering commitment to engaging our associates and stakeholders with transparency as we confront these challenging times as an industry and company," Calhoun concluded.
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As a top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries.
Boeing employs more than 160,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.