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March 28 (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N) stated on Monday the head of its huge defense division, Leanne Caret, will retire soon after nearly 35 years with the aviation company.

Caret, who is 55 yrs previous, will be succeeded by Ted Colbert productive April 1.

Caret oversaw development of the effective MQ-25 drone method and the U.S. Air Force’s new education jet. She was also in cost of the KC-46 midair tanker, which has been plagued by a lot of complications and price overruns.

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Boeing’s defense unit, which has the U.S. governing administration as one particular of its most important shoppers, created income of $26.5 billion in 2021, overtaking its commercial plane company.

Colbert, who now heads Boeing World Products and services, will come to be president and chief govt officer of Boeing’s Protection, Place & Safety small business. The world wide products and services unit handles jet routine maintenance, restore and overhaul, details analytics and pilot coaching.

Caret, who had taken in excess of the protection and space purpose in 2016, will serve as government vice president and senior adviser to Boeing Main Govt David Calhoun, right up until her retirement afterwards this yr.

The phase offers armed forces plane and network and space systems to buyers all around the globe.

The firm named Stephanie Pope as president and CEO of Boeing Global Expert services, succeeding Colbert.

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Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Shailesh Kuber and Karishma Singh

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