Listen below to Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO James F. Albaugh FRAeS presenting the 2011 RAeS Sopwith Named Lecture. In his speech, Mr Albaugh adresses the key issues facing US and European aerospace leaders as globalisation and new competitors reshape the market landscape.

This Named Lecture looks ahead to the first deliveries of the 787 and 747-8, talk about the challenges of increasing production rates and addressing environmental imperatives, before describing some of the lessons learned as Boeing evaluates future airplane programs. The Sopwith Lecture was established in 1990 to honour Sir Thomas Sopwith CBE, Hon FRAeS. In the years prior to World War I, Sopwith became England's premier aviator and established the first authoritative test pilot school in the world, he also founded England's first major flight school. Between 1912 and 1920 Sopwith's Company produced over 16,000 aircraft of 60 types.

About the Speaker: James F Albaugh FRAeS, Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Jim Albaugh is executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He is responsible for all of the company’s commercial airplanes programs and related services. Named to this position effective Sept. 1, 2009, Albaugh, 60, is a member of the Boeing Executive Council and serves as Boeing’s senior executive in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to his current position, Albaugh was president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, a business unit providing integrated solutions to defense, space and intelligence customers in the United States and around the world. Previously, Albaugh was president and CEO of Boeing Space and Communications, a unit that merged in July 2002 with the company’s Military Aircraft and Missiles Systems unit to create Integrated Defense Systems. Albaugh also served as president of Boeing Space Transportation and president of Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power, part of the Rockwell aerospace and defense businesses acquired by Boeing in 1996. Albaugh joined the company in 1975 as a project engineer at its Hanford, Wash., operations. Albaugh is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, a U.S. trade association. A Washington state native, Albaugh holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics from Willamette University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Columbia University.

17 June 2011