Rik Geiersbach Vice President, Strategy, Defense, Space & Security The Boeing Company
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Rik Geiersbach is vice president, Strategy, for Defense, Space & Security (BDS), responsible for the alignment and integration of the BDS strategy across the Boeing enterprise. In this role, he works directly with the BDS President and Chief Executive Officer and the vice president of Enterprise Strategy to help shape the future direction of the business.
Geiersbach joined Boeing as vice president, Corporate Strategy, in 2008. In that role, he was responsible for analyzing and developing plans to drive the company’s growth and nurture new businesses. In collaboration with both the Commercial Airplanes and Defense business units, Geiersbach worked to develop competitive strategies and key growth initiatives while overseeing the Corporate Strategy office.
Geiersbach’s career prior to Boeing includes leadership positions in both corporate aerospace and management consulting. Previously, he served as corporate director, Strategic Alliances, at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Los Angeles. Before that, he worked at Bain & Company and Deloitte Consulting as a senior manager where he specialized in Corporate Strategy for the aerospace and defense, information technology and diversified manufacturing industries.
Geiersbach began his professional career serving as a case officer in the Directorate of Operations with the Central Intelligence Agency.
Geiersbach earned a Bachelor of Arts in history, cum laude, from Harvard. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Geiersbach is active in several nonprofits. He served as president of the Board of Directors for the Jazz Institute of Chicago. He is a director with the Western Golf Association / Evans Scholar Foundation. He was also a member of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “606” Leadership Council for the Trust for Public Land.