Moving quickly to avoid potential disruption, Boeing Co. on Monday named Randy Brinkley, a former manager for NASA, as president of its satellite-making unit in El Segundo.
The appointment comes less than two weeks after two top executives of Boeing Satellite Systems abruptly resigned in the first major shake-up since Boeing acquired the business for $3.75 billion six months ago.
Brinkley, 56, had been named acting president at the time, replacing Tig H. Krekel, whose sudden departure March 7 surprised Boeing executives. His resignation and that of Executive Vice President Joseph H. DeSarla were announced at a meeting of executives in Beverly Hills, which neither executive attended.
At the time of the resignations, James Albaugh, president of Boeing Space & Communications Group, said Krekel and DeSarla had put in place the right focus and strategy for the unit and praised them for directing its turnaround. After several years of disappointing earnings, Boeing Satellite Systems ended 2000 with a backlog of 34 satellites valued at $6 billion.