Richard Stephens


Richard (Rick) Stephens is Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for The Boeing Company, and member of the Boeing Executive Council.

Stephens, a 31-year Boeing veteran, oversees all leadership development, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits, Global Corporate Citizenship, and diversity initiatives at the Chicago-based aerospace company.

During his career with Boeing, Stephens, 59, has led a number of business areas at sites across the U.S. and around the world including Homeland Security and Services, Space Shuttle and Tactical Combat Systems, and Internal Services.

Stephens serves on a number of non-profit and business-focused boards and has been recognized for his long-standing leadership in local and national organizations. Passionate about improving education both inside and outside of the classroom, he works directly with community and education leaders to prepare future workers to meet the challenges necessary to succeed in an ever-changing and competitive business environment.

A former U.S. Marine Corps officer, Stephens is currently on the Department of Health and Human Services Health IT Standards Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) where he is also chair of the Career and Workforce Development Steering Committee; a member of the Business Higher Education Forum; founding member of the Business Industry STEM Education Coalition (BISEC); member of the Illinois P-20 Council; chair of the Global Midwest Alliance; and chair of the Illinois Business Roundtable. Stephens is also part of the Chairman’s CEO Leadership Caucus for the Orange County (CA) Business Council. He has served on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the President’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities and on the National Science Resource Center Advisory Board.

Stephens received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1974 from the University of Southern California, where he is the Boeing executive focal, and his Master of Science degree in computer science in 1984 from California State University, Fullerton.

Stephens is an enrolled member of the Pala Band of Mission Indians and served as tribal chairman from 1988-89.

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