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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Executive Bio

    James F. “Jim” Albaugh
    Immediate Past President, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    President and Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
    Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    The Boeing Company


    AIAA President Jim AlbaughJim Albaugh is Immediate Past President (2016–2018) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace professional society.

    He is currently a Senior Advisor to Perella Weinberg Partners, a member of the Board of Directors at Harris Corporation, a Director of both American Airlines Group, Inc., and B/E Aerospace, Inc. Prior to these positions, Albaugh served as a Senior Advisor to The Blackstone Group from 2012 to 2016. Before joining The Blackstone Group, Albaugh had a 37-year career with The Boeing Company where he held various leadership positions, including President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, President and CEO of Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems business and President and CEO of Boeing’s Space and Communications business. He was also Vice President of The Boeing Company.

    Prior to his tenure at Boeing, he served as President of Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power, part of the Rockwell aerospace and defense business acquired by Boeing in 1996, having joined the company in 1975 as an engineer.

    Albaugh is an elected member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics. He is an Honorary Fellow of AIAA and an elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

    Albaugh is the current Chairman of the National Aeronautic Association. His other affiliations include the Air Force Association and the American Astronautical Society. He has served on the Aerospace Industry Association’s Board of Governors, and in 2011 was Chairman of the Board.

    Albaugh has received numerous awards and honors. In January 2013, he was inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation, which recognizes individuals for their extraordinary accomplishments in aviation. The Southern California Aeronautic Association presented him with the Howard Hughes Memorial Award for extensive contributions to the aerospace industry. He received the Forrestal Award from the National Defense Industrial Association for leadership in preserving a strong U.S. defense industrial base and the Blue Planet Star Medal from the Russian Space Agency for fostering cooperation between the U.S. and Russia in space exploration. Other recognition includes the Semper Fidelis Award, presented by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; the Bob Hope Distinguished Citizen Award, presented by the NDIA; and the International von Kármán Wings Award, presented by the Aerospace Historical Society. A Gold-and-Silver-Knight of the National Management Association, Albaugh was that organization's Executive of the Year in 1999.

    Albaugh serves on the TRW Automotive Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of Willamette University, and the Board of Visitors of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. He also is on the Wings Club Board of Governors and the board of the National Competitiveness Center, an independent organization that helps Saudi Arabia compete more effectively in the global economy. Albaugh holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Willamette University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Columbia University.


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