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Boeing Appoints New VP of Environment, Health Group

Boeing appointed Kim Smith to lead the company’s efforts in reducing its environmental footprint as the new vice president of environment, health and safety, Boeing announced Monday.

Smith will also lead the company’s workplace safety programs. She will report to John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering, operations and technology.

Prior to this appointment, Smith was a director of supplier management within Boeing’s commercial airplanes business, where she was responsible for all contracting efforts tied to Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems. She has also led organizations within the company’s fabrication division and 737 program.

“She’s the right person to drive continued improvements in these areas throughout Boeing and our supply chain,” Tracy said.

Smith succeeds Mary Armstrong, who is retiring from Boeing after 27 years. The environment, health and safety group was founded under Armstrong in 2007 and Boeing is the highest-ranked U.S. company in the capital goods sector of the Newsweek Green Rankings.

“Mary has helped Boeing push the envelope in leading the aerospace manufacturing industry in setting measurable goals for reducing our global environmental footprint and driving injuries out of the workplace,” Tracy said. “She brought discipline and rigor to our EHS organization, and Boeing and the aerospace industry are in a better place in this critical area because of her leadership.”

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