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A timeline of Phil Condit's career

Phil Condit
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1941 — Born Aug. 2 in Berkeley, Calif.

1963 — Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from University of California Berkeley.

1965 — Master's degree in aeronautical engineering from Princeton University.

1965 — Joined Boeing as an aerodynamics engineer on the team developing the Supersonic Transport (SST). Patented design for a flexible wing. Early on, he was tabbed as one of the company's brightest young engineers.

1970s — Played a key role on engineering of the 757.

1975 — Master's in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

1982 — Directed Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's manufacturing, engineering, product development, customer services, and government technical liaison operations

1986 — Became general manager of the 777 division.

1989 — Named executive vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and continued as general manager of the 777 division. Held that position until 1992.

1992 — Promoted to president of Boeing, joined the company board of directors.

1996 — Became CEO of Boeing in April.

1997 — Added the title of chairman of the board in February, at age 55. Completed the merger with McDonell Douglas.

1998 — Production problems in commercial airplanes cause the company's finances to worsen, former McDonell Douglas chief Harry Stonecipher assumes more influence within the company, Condit shifts priorities away from commercial airplanes and more toward defense and space for diversification. Boeing, which employed 100,000 in the Puget Sound region at the time, warns of plans to cut 48,000 jobs. Angry shareholders call for Condit's ouster, but he survives.

2000 — Boeing stock rebounds, hits goals between $58 and $67 a share, triggering incentives that award Condit with Boeing stock valued at $12 million.

2001 — Urged Boeing board to move company headquarters out of Seattle, later decided on Chicago. Sept. 11 terrorist attacks decimate the airline industry, Boeing responds within weeks by planning to cut up to 30,000 jobs in commercial airplanes.

2003 — Announces intentions to build a more fuel efficient jet, made largely of composite materials and built around the world, called the 7E7. Fires chief financial officer and a former Pentagon official involved in an ethics scandal, which jeopardizes a $100 billion contract to build 767's as military refueling planes.

— Source, Securities and Exchange Commission, "Legend & Legacy—The Story of Boeing and its people," Associated Press

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