Boeing creates data analytics group

Boeing Defense, Space & Security has stood up a new data analytics organization to help customers leverage IT across their organizations and has named Dewey Houck as chief data analytics officer.

The appointment kicked off several personnel moves as the company created the new organization.

Chris Raymond will take Houck’s spot as deputy of Boeing Network and Space Systems, reporting the unit’s president Craig Cooning. Raymond is currently vice president of business development and strategy for Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

As chief data analytics officer, Houck will report to Darryl Davis, president of Phantom Works' advanced technology group. Houck was vice president and general manager of electronics and information solutions within Boeing Network & Space Systems.

“We’re evolving and repositioning core capabilities,” said Chris Chadwick, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “This is all part of how we’re shaping the organization to support the innovation and growth we need in Boeing’s second century.”

Houck’s group will bring new information capabilities to current and future platforms, which the company sees as a growth opportunity and a competitive advantage, the company said in a release.

The changes take effect June 1.

The company also is bringing back Tom Bell to replace Raymond in the retitled position of vice president of sales and marketing. The name change is significant in that it emphasizes the importance of accelerating sales and global growth, the company said. He’ll report to Chadwick.

Bell is a 20-year veteran of Boeing, but left the company in 2012 to join Rolls-Royce. He begins his new position on June 5.

Boeing also named Steve Nordlund as vice president of strategy for Defense, Space & Security. He’ll report to Chadwick. He starts June 1. He previously led the unmanned systems organization for Boeing Military Aircraft.

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Reader Comments

Wed, May 27, 2015

Sounds like a plan, but what does Boeing know? If it knows analytics, why were those skills not applied to many programs that have failed in the past dozen years, from the tanker to airborne laser to Southern Border Fence to ICsats? I like their planes a lot, but a lot of the engineering and design, not to mention mfg, has been outsourced. Show us how the analytics have been used to keep things on track, for customers and for the Boeing corp.

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