The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] named Scott Fancher vice president and general manager, Missile Defense Systems, effective Oct. 16. Fancher replaces Patrick Shanahan, who has assumed responsibility for the 787 Dreamliner program in Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
In his new position, Fancher reports directly to Roger Krone, president, Network and Space Systems, and oversees 3,900 people in nine major operating locations, providing integrated missile defense solutions for all phases of ballistic missile threats. Missile Defense Systems is involved in developing several key advanced missile defense and directed energy technologies and systems, including the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, the Airborne Laser, the Advanced Tactical Laser, Integrated Missile Defense, Directed Energy Systems and the Missile Defense National Team Systems Engineering and Integration organizations.
In his more than 25 years with Boeing, Fancher has held various executive leadership positions in engineering and program management. In his most recent assignment, he was vice president and program director for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program. Before that, he was vice president for the Airborne Laser and Laser/Electro-optics.
"Scott's ability to set high expectations, inspire his teams and deliver results will help him build upon the successes of Missile Defense Systems under the leadership of Pat Shanahan," Krone said.
Fancher's replacement on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program will be announced at a later date.
Early in his career, Fancher served in a congressional fellowship as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio). He originally joined Boeing in 1977 as a co-operative education engineer, and since that time has taken on assignments of increasing responsibility throughout the company.
Scott holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a master of science in electrical engineering from Washington University. He also has a master of business administration from Washington University's Executive MBA program.