By Staff writer
Arabic speaker Bernie Dunn is named MidEast president; will be responsible for US plane maker's growth in region
Boeing on Wednesday named Bernie Dunn president of its Middle East division, saying the Arabic speaker will be based in Dubai and responsible for the US plane maker's growth in the region.
Dunn, who has lived and worked in the region for most of the last 30 years, was previously president of Boeing Turkey and North Africa.
Dunn will report to Marc Allen, president of Boeing International who said: “Bernie successfully led Boeing across all facets of our business interests in Turkey and North Africa.
“He strengthened customer relationships, identified new growth opportunities and supported the company business units with his country knowledge and market expertise. Bernie is uniquely qualified to lead our company in the Middle East region.”
Dunn will be responsible for Boeing’s growth and productivity plans and government affairs and for implementing the company’s strategy across the region.
He also will support Boeing business units and functions as they pursue their business objectives and closely coordinate with Boeing Saudi Arabia president Ahmed Jazzar.
Dunn entered the Army’s Foreign Area Officer program in 1982. After completing Arabic language training and a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, Dunn served in a variety of positions in the Middle East.
Boeing’s relationship with the Middle East dates back more than 60 years. Its first office was established in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in 1982. Since then, the company has expanded its presence and relationships across the region. Boeing opened an office in Abu Dhabi, in 1999 and a regional office in Dubai in 2003.
The company recently expanded its footprint with a new office in Doha, Qatar, in November 2010.