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Brewster Shaw Named as Boeing NASA Systems Leader

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Jan 12, 2006 8:40 pm
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Brewster Shaw has been selected as vice president and general manager of the Boeing [NYSE: BA] NASA Systems business unit. Shaw replaces Mike Mott who passed away in November 2005.

Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, selected Shaw for the position because of his extensive experience and success in managing large, complex human spaceflight programs.

“Brewster takes over leadership of NASA Systems at a crucial time in the space program,” Albaugh said in a message to employees.” His leadership will be critical as we progress through the Crew Exploration Vehicle and Crew Launch Vehicle proposals while keeping our focus on the safe operation of the Space Shuttle and our continuing support to the International Space Station.”

In this position Shaw is responsible for the strategic direction of Boeing’s civil space programs and the business units key programs — Space Shuttle, International Space Station (ISS), Checkout, Assembly & Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) and Space Exploration Systems.

“I am honored to lead Boeing efforts in what is one of the most exciting periods in the history of America ’s space program,” said Shaw.” It is with a great sense of duty that I return to Boeing at such a critical time in the transition of our human space flight programs. As the future of human space exploration continues to evolve, there will be great opportunity and adventure for those of us who will accept and embrace the challenges it brings.”

Shaw was chief operating officer of United Space Alliance (USA) just prior to this assignment and had primary responsibility for the operations and overall management of USA, the prime contractor for the Space Shuttle Program. Shaw was named to this position in 2003.

Shaw previously served as vice president and deputy general manager for Boeing NASA Systems. Prior to that, he was Boeing ISS vice president, responsible for leading an industry team in designing, developing, testing, launching, and operating NASA’s international orbiting laboratory.

Shaw has held multiple management and executive roles since he joined Rockwell in 1996 after 27 years with the U.S. Air Force and NASA. Shaw retired from the Air Force as a colonel.

During his government career, Shaw served as combat fighter pilot, test pilot and Space Shuttle astronaut and program manager. As an astronaut, Shaw flew three Space Shuttle missions — as pilot of STS-9 in November 1983, as commander of STS-61B in November 1985, and as commander of STS-28 in August 1989. He played a key role in returning the Shuttle to flight following the STS-51L, Challenger tragedy, leading the Space Shuttle orbiter return to flight team. Shaw has logged 533 hours of space flight and more than 5,000 hours flying time in over 30 types of aircraft — including 644 hours of combat in F-100 and F-4 aircraft.

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