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AE590 Seminar (optional): Sustainable Aerospace Together: A discussion with Boeing's Chief Sustainability Officer

Event Type
Department of Aerospace Engineering
CIF 0027/1025
Jan 19, 2023   3:30 - 5:00 pm  
Chris Raymond (BS 86), Chief Sustainability Officer, The Boeing Company
Courtney McLearin

The aerospace industry provides significant societal benefits and is integral to modern life. Commercial aviation is projected to carry 10 billion passengers a year by 2050. It is also responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon’s emissions and 12% of transportation’s emissions. The industry has agreed to a net zero carbon emissions by 2050 objective but how might we get there? 

Join Chris Raymond, Boeing’s Chief Sustainability Officer for a discussion on the future of flight and the aviation industry’s path to net zero with respect to innovation, partnerships and policy. Together we’ll explore how renewable energy sources like sustainable aviation fuels, hydrogen and batteries, and new airplane technologies are intersecting to usher in a new era of aerospace – and showcase Cascade, a modeling tool to help visualize the climate impact of various decarbonization scenarios to inform strategic decisions. 

 This discussion will be followed by a networking reception to continue the conversation.

 We hope to see you there!

About the speaker:
Chris Raymond is the chief sustainability officer of The Boeing Company, senior vice president of Global Enterprise Sustainability and a member of the company’s Executive Council. As Boeing’s chief sustainability officer, Raymond is responsible for further advancing the company’s approach on environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities; stakeholder-oriented engagement; reporting; and company performance. Raymond’s Executive Council responsibilities include driving shared awareness of ESG trends, opportunities and targets to guide company decision-making and global impact.

Raymond was previously the vice president of Sustainability, Strategy and Corporate Development (SSCD) for The Boeing Company, leading the team that shapes the company’s future through market insights, strategies, partnerships and investments for sustainable innovation, productivity and growth.

In addition to his SSCD role, Raymond was asked to also lead enterprisewide efforts to engage, inform and seek feedback from stakeholders following the tragic accidents involving the 737 MAX. Raymond partnered with the Communications team and leaders from across the company to focus on employees, customers, passengers, suppliers and other valued partners, ensuring their voices and interests were actively represented across all the company’s efforts.

Raymond was previously vice president of Embraer Integration, a role in which he led the efforts for a potential strategic partnership between Boeing and Brazilian aerospace company Embraer. Raymond also previously served as the first vice president and general manager of Autonomous Systems (AS), a division within Boeing Defense, Space & Security focusing on enterprise autonomous aviation and marine technologies, intelligence capabilities and networking solutions from seabed to space. Before his role with AS, Raymond was vice president and general manager of several businesses involving integrated missile defense, sensors and signals intelligence, and undersea capability. He also served as vice president of global Business Development & Strategy for Defense, Space & Security, leading a global team focused on customer solutions, partnerships, new business capture and strategic planning.

Raymond began his career as an engineer at Boeing’s operation in Long Beach, California. He has served in leadership assignments in engineering, supply chain management, strategy, sales, program management, operations and communications.

Raymond is an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is part of the Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition, is a World 50 member and serves as an advisory board member with The Heritage Group, Dell Technologies, the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium, and the University of Illinois Aerospace Engineering Alumni Board. He is also an advocate for the International Aviation Womens Association.

Raymond earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois as well as a contract management certificate and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine.

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