As 787 tests continue, Boeing announces leadership changes

Greg Hystop. Photo via blog.al.com.

While Boeing continues to conduct test flights of the 787 Dreamliner, the company announced some leadership changes today.

Greg Hyslop, who was previously VP and GM of the Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems, was appointed as vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology. Hyslop, a 31-year Boeing vet, will lead a team of 4,000 employees that provide solutions and technologies for Boeing’s current and future programs and products.

Hyslop will remain at the Boeing offices in Huntsville, Ala. He replaces Matt Ganz, who was just named president of Boeing Germany and Northern Europe, and vice president of European Technology Strategy.

Jim Chilton, formerly vice president and program manager for Exploration Launch Systems, will replace Hysop at SM&DS.

After a flurry of lithium-ion battery problems and emergency landings in Japan, the Federal Aviation Administration last month ordered all U.S.-based airlines to ground Boeing 787 Dreamliners until it’s proven that the batteries are safe and in compliance. That motion followed a similar move by the Japanese government.

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