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Thornton A. Wilson

Boeing Company

1969 - 1986

Automotive & Aerospace

1960 b. 1921
UndergraduateIowa State University
GraduateMA, California Institute of Technology
Born-Died1921 - 1999
BirthplaceMissouri (MO)
FatherFarmer / Rancher
Era - 1960

Wilson took over the struggling Boeing Company during the recession of the early 1970s. A radical cost cutter, Wilson slashed two thirds of the work force and made the company profitable again. During his 17-year tenure, Wilson pushed Boeing to move into more fuel-efficient commercial aircraft. By the end of his tenure, Boeing had achieved a 55% share of the commercial jet market.