UCLA Anderson announces the recipient of the 2016 John Wooden Global Leadership Award, W. James McNerney, Jr.
McNerney is retired chairman, CEO and president of the Boeing Company. He joined Boeing on July 1, 2005, serving as president until December 2013, CEO until July 2015 and chairman until March 2016. During McNerney’s tenure, the company recaptured the global lead in commercial airplane deliveries with steady increases in production and a comprehensive update of its product line, and maintained a strong position in defense markets despite a downturn in U.S. military spending. McNerney restored Boeing’s historic leadership in human spaceflight with major new program wins and expanded its engineering and manufacturing footprint inside and outside the United States.
The UCLA Anderson community applauds McNerney’s contribution to business and thought leadership and congratulates him on this distinction, which is awarded annually to an exceptional corporate leader who espouses the principles exemplified by the legendary UCLA coach and teacher, John Wooden.
A prolific author and inspiring speaker, Coach Wooden dedicated his life to motivating individuals to achieve their highest potential. He instilled in others a sense of pride, a commitment to ethics and a respect for teamwork. These fundamental principles translate seamlessly from the sports arena to the realms of business, management and leadership. And they provide the cornerstone on which the John Wooden Global Leadership Program is built at UCLA Anderson.
This year’s John Wooden Global Leadership Award ceremony takes place on Wednesday, November 2, at the California Science Center.