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November 06, 2013

MISSOULA – Jim McNerney, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company, will deliver the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Executive Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the University of Montana.

McNerney, one of the world’s top executives whose experience spans some of the largest and most well-respected companies in the United States and around the globe, will present “Leadership Innovation and Competitiveness” from 10 to 11 a.m. in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Lecture attendees are encouraged to get to campus using the Park-N-Ride buses. Free parking is available at lots on South Avenue and East Broadway. Free buses run from the parking lots to campus every 10-15 minutes. Find bus schedules and parking lot locations at

McNerney, 64, currently oversees the strategic direction of the Chicago-based, $81.7 billion aerospace company. With more than 174,000 employees across the U.S. and in 70 countries, Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and a top U.S. exporter. It is the leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, military aircraft and defense, space and security systems. It supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 nations.

Before taking the helm at Boeing on July 1, 2005, McNerney was chairman of the board and CEO of 3M, then a $20 billion global technology company with leading positions in electronics; telecommunications’ industrial, consumer and office products; health care; safety; and other businesses. He joined 3M in 2000 after 19 years at the General Electric Co.

McNerney joined General Electric in 1982. There, he held top executive positions including president and CEO of GE Aircraft Engines and GE Lighting; president of GE Asia-Pacific; president and CEO of GE Electrical Distribution and Control; executive vice president of GE Capital, one of the world’s largest financial service companies; and president of GE Information Services. Before joining GE, McNerney worked at Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Co. Inc.

By appointment of U.S. President Barack Obama, McNerney chairs the President’s Export Council, which operates as an advisory committee on international trade.

McNerney has served as a member of the Boeing board since 2001. He is a director of Procter & Gamble, a director of IBM, a member of The Field Museum Board of Trustees in Chicago, a trustee of Northwestern University and a member of the Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Board.

A native of Providence, R.I., McNerney earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1971 and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University in 1975.

The UM lecture series was established by Harold and Priscilla Gilkey in 2004 to provide resources for the University’s School of Business Administration to host the nation’s top business leaders to share their knowledge, expertise and experiences with students, faculty members and the community.

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