The Boeing Company
today announced the appointment of Randy Brinkley as president of Boeing
Satellite Systems (BSS), reporting to the Office of the President, Boeing
Space & Communications.
Brinkley had been serving in an acting capacity since
March 7, 2001.

As BSS president, Brinkley is responsible for general management of the
world’s largest manufacturer of commercial communications satellites and a
major provider of space systems, satellites, and payloads for national
defense, science, and environmental applications.
In this role, Brinkley also
oversees one of The Boeing Company’s most exciting future growth markets,
information and communications.

“As stated in a previous announcement, Randy and The Boeing Company intend
to maintain the successful course that Boeing Satellite Systems has been on
for the last several years,” said Jim Albaugh, president of Boeing Space &
“We remain convinced that the business has the correct
strategy and focus, are confident of its continued success and are excited
about its future prospects under Randy’s leadership.”

Prior to his current position, Brinkley was senior vice president of
Programs for BSS.
He was responsible for execution of all the company’s
programs, including profit and loss, in its four major markets: Department of
Defense-Civil Government, National Security, Digital Processing, and Fixed
Satellite Service/Broadcast Satellite Service.
He also oversaw the Launch
Services Acquisition organization.

Before joining Hughes Space and Communications Company, now BSS, in May
1999, Brinkley was a senior executive at the National Aeronautics and Space
As program manager for the International Space Station (ISS)
for five years, he oversaw its redesign, from its earlier “Freedom”
configuration and the subsequent incorporation of Russian participation.
leadership led to the successful on-orbit assembly of the first Russian and
U.S. elements and set the stage for follow-on successes.
Earlier, he was
Mission Director for the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission which corrected
flawed optics on Hubble’s primary mirror.
The planning and execution of an
unprecedented five space walks for the shuttle astronauts.

Brinkley joined NASA in 1992 after two years with McDonnell Douglas, where
he managed research and development activities for advanced aircraft systems
and technologies.

After 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Brinkley retired as a colonel.
He saw combat before entering the U.S. Air Force pilot training program and
becoming the Navy’s Flight Instructor of the Year and the Marine Corps’
Aviator of the Year.
He has flown more than 4,000 hours in 42 types of
aircraft, which include the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier.

Among his many awards are two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, the NASA
Distinguished Service Medal, a 1993 Laurels Award from Aviation Week and Space
Technology, the National Aviation Association’s 1993 Robert J. Collier Trophy,
and Brazil’s highest aeronautical award, the Santos Dumont Medal.

Brinkley holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina
and a master of science degree from Boston University.
He undertook graduate
work in national security and strategic studies as a Chief of Naval Operations
Fellow at the Naval War College and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons
School (TOPGUN), Amphibious Warfare School, NATO Defense College, and the
Marine Corps Engineers School.