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Friday, March 12, 1993 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Woodard Set To Pilot Boeing Airline Sector

Ron Woodard, vice president/manager of the Renton Divison of the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, has been named co-president of the group.

The move puts him in line to take over the job when Dean Thornton retires. Thornton, who will be 65 early next year, has been president since 1985. The group is responsible for about 80 percent of Boeing's sales.

In a memo to employees outlining several new appointments, Boeing management said Woodard would be "double-boxed" with Thornton. This is a technique Boeing uses to provide an orderly transition prior to retirement of top officials.

Other appointments are:

Gordon Bethune, vice president/manager of the customer services division, will succeed Woodard. Tom Schick, vice president and assistant general manager of customer services, will replace Bethune.

Walt Braithwaite, BCAG vice president for information systems and architecture, was named vice president of computing for the group. John Warner, who had held the post, moved to a "double-box" position with Art Hitsman, president of Boeing Computer Services.

Woodard, who observes his 50th birthday today, has been with Boeing for 26 years in several management positions, including head of the de Havilland of Canada division that Boeing sold last year. He has been manager of the Renton division - where the 737 and 757 commercial jetliners are produced - since April 1991.

He also has headed the materiel division and was vice

president of sales operations and senior director of sales for Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America.

Prior to that he worked as director of program management for the 707/727/737 division, was director of plans and programs for BCA international sales, and was director of international government sales.

He came to Boeing after working as a research chemist. He holds a chemistry degree from the University of Puget Sound and a systems management degree from the University of Southern California.

Outside Boeing, he is board chairman of the Seattle Symphony and serves on the boards of trustees, and visitors, for the University of Puget Sound. He lives in Seattle.

Copyright (c) 1993 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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