The Boeing Company’s board of directors has elected Arthur D. Collins Jr., chairman and
chief executive officer of Medtronic, Inc., as a new member of the board.He has been appointed to the board’s audit and
Collins, 59, has been CEO of Medtronic since April 2001 and chairman
since April 2002. In August he will pass the CEO role to a successor and
remain as a director and chairman of the board. He joined the company in
1992 as president, Medtronic International with responsibility for all
Medtronic operations outside the United States. Collins came to Medtronic
after 14 years with Abbott Laboratories where he was corporate vice
president with responsibility for Abbott’s worldwide diagnostic business
units, and held a number of management positions in the United States and
Before joining Abbott, Collins was a consultant with Booz, Allen &
Hamilton in Chicago, working for clients in the areas of business strategy
development, marketing, organization planning, financial analysis and
financial systems design.
Prior to his business career, Collins served as a U.S. naval officer,
completing Officers Candidate School as a Distinguished Naval Graduate.
“Art Collins is an accomplished businessman with diverse experience, a
record of achievement and a global perspective,” said Jim McNerney, Boeing
chairman, president and CEO. “He’s a terrific addition to an already strong
and independent board.”
Collins holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an honorary Doctor of
Laws degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an M.B.A. from the
Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of
the undergraduate faculty.
The election of Collins brings the Boeing board to 11 members.