Boeing Names Former GE Executive as New CFO to Replace Retiring Longtime Finance Chief Greg Smith

By Paul Riegler on 1 July 2021
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Boeing announced the appointment of Brian West to the position of company’s new chief financial officer and executive vice president.

Mr. West replaces Greg Smith, the company’s longtime finance chief, who also served as interim CEO in 2019 and 2020.  Mr. Smith had announced earlier in the year his intention to retire in early July.

The company appointed Dave Dohnalek, its senior vice president and treasurer, to the position of interim CFO until Mr. West joins the company in late August.

“I want to thank Greg again for his outstanding contributions to our employees, customers, communities and our company throughout his more than thirty years of service with Boeing,” said the company’s CEO, David Calhoun.

Mr. West attended Siena College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and went on to attend Columbia Business School at Columbia University.  He joined General Electric in 1990 and held various positions relating to finance at GE Aviation, GE Plastics, and NBC, among other units. He moved to Nielsen Holdings as chief financial officer in 2007, and assumed the same position at Oscar Health Insurance in 2016.  Mr. West then joined Refinitiv in 2018, an American-British global provider of financial market data and infrastructure, as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

In his new position, Mr. West will be responsible for Boeing’s financial strategy and long-range business planning as well as for investor relations and treasury operations. He will report to Mr. Calhoun and will serve on the company’s executive council.

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