Boeing Exec Shares Tips For Success

Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company and CEO of Commercial Airplane Jim Albaugh visited campus to present his thoughts on education and success
2011-01-21
By Stacy Howard
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Photo Credit: Chris Joseph Taylor

Hundreds filled the seats of Pigott Auditorium last night, to hear Boeing’s Executive Vice President Jim Albaugh share his tips for success and the importance of education in achieving it. 

Fr. Steven Sundborg, S.J. welcomed Albaugh to campus and spoke highly of the continuing partnership between Seattle University and The Boeing Company. “No university of our size has been shaped so much by the support of Boeing,” Sundborg noted. 

Albaugh said he’s learned lessons throughout decades in the aviation industry which collectively have taught him to not take shortcuts, because they “can lead to dead ends.” The mistakes he’s made along the way helped him create requirements he instills at Boeing, in order for its continued success. 

Inspiring your organization, developing tomorrow’s leaders and staying innovative are keys to survival he said. Albaugh stressed the importance of supporting not only customers but employees, in order to build a bigger support system for the product and throughout the community. 

Albaugh is concerned that education in Washington is being drastically cut, including higher education, which could result in less science and engineering majors. He encouraged those interested in aerospace, accounting and other fields to follow their dreams.  “You can go from mud to the moon at our company,” he said. 

Boeing is currently the only company in the United States building new planes, and Albaugh said it is dedicated to staying ahead of the curve in its next century of business. Started in 1916, Albaugh said with the right people and proper innovation, Boeing has the passion to be the best. The best he said could very well continue to come from Seattle University. “Seattle U has done so much for The Boeing Company.”