Boeing’s Ted Colbert Receives Black Engineer of the Year Award

Originally published on Boeing Company ranked No. 17 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.


Ted Colbert, President and CEO of Boeing Global Services, received the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Award for 2022 by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine at the 36th annual BEYA STEM Conference in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes a public or private sector leader who has navigated business challenges and expanded opportunities for African-Americans in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Receiving this honor has further reaffirmed my desire to make tomorrow better and my personal mission to help others,” Colbert said during his acceptance remarks. “We must continue to do the work of repairing the world’s injustices because freedom and equality don’t happen by accident. We need to work at it each day so our future generations can look back on this time and reflect on how we paved the way for their lives to be better and they will, in turn, do the same.”

Colbert leads Boeing’s aerospace services development and delivery model for commercial, government and aviation industry customers worldwide, focused on global supply chain and parts distribution, aircraft modifications and maintenance, digital solutions, aftermarket engineering, analytics and training.

He holds Industrial and Systems Engineering degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse College, and joined Boeing in 2009 after serving as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Architecture at Citigroup and holding key leadership roles at Ford Motor Company.

Colbert is a passionate advocate for supporting and empowering underserved and minority populations.

For more than a decade, he has played an important role in Boeing’s efforts to work closely with students, faculty and education administrators from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) across the United States. HBCUs provide a rich source of talented graduates that help us build a diverse pipeline. Last year, Boeing welcomed more than 100 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities into its intern program.

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