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William M. Allen

Boeing Company

1945 - 1969

Automotive & Aerospace

1940 b. 1900
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateMontana State University
GraduateJD, Harvard University
Personal
Born-Died1900 - 1985
BirthplaceMontana (MT)
RaceWhite
FatherProfessional
Era - 1940

In 1945, when Allen was appointed CEO, Boeing faced cancellation of $1.5 billion in wartime contracts. Under Allen’s leadership, Boeing kept course and later prospered. In 1952, Boeing’s B-52 was chosen by the Air Force as its intercontinental bomber, and in 1959, the Boeing 707 Jetliner inaugurated the jet age in commercial aviation.