Boeing Shifts Phantom to Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) _ Control of Boeing’s Phantom Works is being moved from St. Louis to corporate headquarters here in a move to harness the research and development center’s expertise for commercial airplane production.
As part of a realignment announced Wednesday, David Swain, previously executive vice president of Phantom Works, was named president of the unit and senior vice president of Boeing’s Engineering and Technology unit.
Swain will reports directly to chairman Philip M. Condit.
``These changes underscore our commitment to long-term growth for Boeing,″ Condit said in a statement. ``The Phantom Works organization is a critical element of that strategy.″
Swain, 57, was vice president and general manager of Phantom Works at McDonnell Douglas when Boeing bought the company in 1997.
The headquarters move to Seattle is being made over the next three months. All but a handful of the unit’s 4,000 employees will remain in their current locations _ 1,700 in and around Seattle, 1,600 in St. Louis and nearly 700 in Southern California. None is to be laid off, company officials said.