James McNerney

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James McNerney
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McNerney speaking at the Department of State Global Business Conference in 2012
Born Walter James McNerney Jr.
(1949-08-22) August 22, 1949 (age 66)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Residence Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)
Occupation Chairman, The Boeing Company
Salary US$ 27,000,000 (2013)[1]

Walter James "Jim" McNerney Jr., [2] (born August 22, 1949 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a business executive who is chairman of The Boeing Company.[3][4] He previously served as President and CEO of the company until July 2015.


McNerney graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois in 1967.[5][6] He attended Yale University, receiving a B.A. degree in 1971. While at Yale, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. At Yale, he excelled in baseball and hockey. After graduating from Yale, he worked for a year at both British United Provident and G. D. Searle & Company, then attended Harvard Business School, receiving a Master of Business Administration in 1975.[7]


McNerney began his business career at Procter & Gamble in 1975, working in brand management.[8] He worked as a management consultant at McKinsey from 1978 to 1982.

McNerney joined General Electric in 1982. There, he held top executive positions including president and CEO of GE Aircraft Engines and GE Lighting; president of GE Asia-Pacific; president and CEO of GE Electrical Distribution and Control; executive vice president of GE Capital, one of the world's largest financial service companies; and president of GE Information Services. McNerney competed with Bob Nardelli and Jeff Immelt to succeed the retiring Jack Welch as chairman and CEO of General Electric. When Immelt won the three-way race, McNerney and Nardelli left GE (as was Welch's plan); McNerney was hired by 3M in 2001.

From 2001 to 2005, McNerney held the position as chairman of the board and CEO of 3M, a $20 billion global technology company with leading positions in electronics, telecommunications, industrial, consumer and office products, health care, safety and other businesses.


On June 30, 2005 The Boeing Company hired McNerney as the Chairman, President and CEO. McNerney oversees the strategic direction of the Chicago-based, $61.5 billion aerospace company. With more than 160,500 employees, Boeing is the largest manufacturer of commercial airliners and military aircraft, with capabilities in aircraft, rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites and advanced information and communications systems.


In 2007, as CEO of Boeing, W. James McNerney Jr. made $12,904,478 in total compensation, which included a base salary of $1,800,077, a cash bonus of $4,266,500, options granted of $5,871,650, and Other $966,251.[9]

In 2008, his total compensation increased to $14,765,410, which included a base salary of $1,915,288, a cash bonus of $6,089,625, and options granted of $5,914,440.[10]

In 2009, his total compensation decreased to $13,705,435, which included a base salary of $1,930,000, a cash bonus of $4,500,300, stock options granted of $3,136,251, stock granted of $3,136,242, and other compensation totaling $1,002,642.[10]

In 2013, McNerney made $23.2 million in total compensation, which included a $1.9 million salary, $3.7 million stock award, $3.7 million stock option grant, and an annual incentive bonus of $12.8 million. [11]

In 2014, as Chairman and CEO of Boeing, McNerney made $29 million in total compensation. [12] Of the total: $2,004,231 was received as a salary; $14,400,000 was received as an annual bonus and a 3 year performance bonus; [12] $6,272,517 was awarded as stock (none was received in stock options); and other compensation totaling $760,000. [13] [12]


McNerney had been a member of the Boeing board of directors since 2001. He is also a member of the board of directors of Procter & Gamble and IBM. He served as Chairman of The Business Council in 2007 and 2008.[14] He is a current member of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, is a Trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies[15] and has been named Chairman of the President's Export Council by President Barack Obama.[16]

Career path
Job Tenure Company Position
1975–1978 Procter & Gamble Brand Manager
1978–1982 McKinsey & Company Senior Manager
1982–1988 GE Mobile Communications General Manager
1988–1989 GE Information Services President
1989–1991 GE Financial Services and GE Capital Executive Vice President
1991–1992 GE Electrical Distribution and Control President and CEO
1993–1995 GE Asia-Pacific President
1995–1997 GE Lighting President
1997–2000 GE Aircraft Engines President and CEO
2000–2005 3M President and CEO
2005–2015 The Boeing Company Chairman, President and CEO
2015–present The Boeing Company Chairman


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  2. ^ Adams, Marilyn (February 26, 2007). "Straightened up and flying right". USA Today. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Boeing Holders Vote on CEO-Chairman Split Amid 787 Woes". Bloomberg. 
  4. ^ http://www.cnbc.com/id/102782300
  5. ^ "The Hard Work In Leadership". BusinessWeek. Retrieved September 30, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Lofty expectations await Boeing CEO". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved September 30, 2007. 
  7. ^ Strahler, Steven R. (July 4, 2005). "Lofty expectations await Boeing's CEO; McNerney a boost to faded civic arena.(W. James McNerney Jr. appointed as chairman and chief executive officer)". Crain's Chicago Business. 
  8. ^ Steady Hand, Aviation Week & Space Technology, 170, 24 (June 15, 2009), p. 78
  9. ^ 2007 CEO Compensation for W. James McNerney Jr, Equilar.com
  10. ^ a b "Equilar - 404". equilar.com. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ USA Today: "Compensation for Boeing CEO McNerney soars in 2013"; by Gary Strauss; 14 March 2014.
  12. ^ a b c Seattle Times: "Boeing CEO’s compensation $29M, including $14M bonuses"; by Dominic Gates; 13 March 2015.
  13. ^ Salary.com: 2014 Boeing executive compensation for W. James McNerney . accessed 7.17.2015.
  14. ^ The Business Council, Official website, Background
  15. ^ "Board of Trustees". 
  16. ^ Carney, Timothy (2011-04-24) Boeing lives by big government, dies by big government, Washington Examiner.

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Business positions
Preceded by
James A. Bell
CEO of Boeing
Succeeded by
Dennis Muilenburg