The Boeing Company recently sponsored 15 MBA students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Alfaisal University for a leadership development program that provided perspectives on effectively operating in a shifting global economy.
The one-week Saudi Emerging Leaders Program was the first program of its kind to be held at the Boeing Leadership Center (BLC) in St Louis.
Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Defense, Space and Security president and CEO, and Shep Hill, Boeing International president and Business Development and Strategy senior vice president, welcomed the students to the BLC.
“Truly successful leaders recognize the importance of investing in people and partnerships,” said Muilenburg. “It is the diversification of skills, education and innovative ideas that make a team and a company great. Putting people first and focusing on partnerships will pay back dividends and create a long-term competitive advantage in the marketplace.”
Muilenburg pointed out that the next generation of leaders is entering the global workforce at a rapid pace. Through initiatives such as the Saudi Emerging Leaders Program, Boeing hopes to assist future leaders by sharing insights gained from decades as a global company.
“This leadership program is in line with our continuing efforts to support Saudi business skills and industry growth,” said Ahmed Jazzar, president of Boeing Saudi Arabia. “Our long-standing presence in the Kingdom gives us the ability to understand and react to Saudi economic-development priorities. We helped establish most of the offset companies in Saudi Arabia and continue to engage in partnerships with vocational and research institutions to support knowledge transfer and develop local human resources.”