Boeing on Tuesday, February 26 named Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to its board of directors.
Haley, who left the United Nations post and President Donald Trump’s administration at the end of 2018, previously served as governor of South Carolina, a southern state where Boeing has a significant manufacturing campus.
She praised Boeing as “a cutting edge industry leader” that “also understands the importance of teamwork and building community through its network of suppliers in all 50 states and around the world,” according to a statement released by the company.
Boeing’s 12-member board currently has four women. Shareholders will vote on Haley’s nomination on April 29.
The aerospace giant is weighing the launch of a new medium-sized aircraft to accompany its current fleet, which includes the twin-aisle 787 Dreamliner that is partly built in South Carolina.
Boeing garnered about 60 percent of its 2018 revenues from commercial aircraft with almost 25 percent from defense and space and the remainder from global services.
The daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley, 47, has been seen as a potential contender for national office among younger Republicans.
On Friday, Trump announced that he was nominating Kelly Craft, his envoy to Canada, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
With reporting from AFP