- Highlighting how the aerospace industry provides significant societal benefits and is integral to modern life; however, the industry is also responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon’s emissions
- Discussing the Future of Flight, our industry’s path to net zero with respect to innovation, partnerships, policy and why it will take “everything for zero”
- Exploring how renewable energy sources, energy carriers like sustainable aviation fuels, hydrogen and batteries, and new airplane technologies are intersecting to usher in a new era of aerospace
Chief Sustainability Officer
Chris Raymond is the chief sustainability officer and vice president of Global Enterprise Sustainability for The Boeing Company, and a member of the company’s Executive Council. As Boeing’s first chief sustainability officer, Raymond is responsible for further advancing Boeing’s approach on environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities, stakeholder-oriented engagement, reporting, and company performance. Raymond’s Executive Council responsibilities include driving shared awareness of ESG trends, opportunities and targets to guide company decision-making and global impact.
Prior to this role, Raymond was the vice president of Sustainability, Strategy and Corporate Development (SSCD) for The Boeing Company, leading the team that shapes the company’s future through market insights, strategies, partnerships and investments for sustainable innovation, productivity and growth.
In addition to his SSCD role, Raymond was asked to also lead enterprise-wide efforts to engage, inform and seek feedback from stakeholders following the tragic accidents involving the 737 MAX airplane. Raymond partnered with the Communications team and leaders from across the company to focus on employees, customers, passengers, suppliers and other valued partners, ensuring their voices and interests were actively represented across all the company’s efforts.
Raymond was previously vice president of Embraer Integration, a role in which he led the efforts for a potential strategic partnership between Boeing and Brazilian aerospace company Embraer. Raymond also previously served as the first vice president and general manager of Autonomous Systems (AS), a division within Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) focusing on enterprise autonomous aviation and marine technologies, intelligence capabilities, and networking solutions from seabed to space. Prior to his role with AS, Raymond was vice president and general manager of several businesses involving integrated missile defense, sensors and signals intelligence, and undersea capability. He also served as vice president of global Business Development & Strategy for BDS, leading a global team focused on customer solutions, partnerships, new business capture and strategic planning.
Raymond began his career as an engineer at Boeing’s Long Beach, California operation. He has served in leadership assignments in engineering, supply chain management, strategy, sales, program management and operations. Raymond is an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is part of The Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition, is a World 50 member and serves as an advisory board member with Dell Technologies, the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium, and the University of Illinois Aerospace Engineering Board.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois, as well as a contract management certificate and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine.