WICHITA — Boeing Wichita’s Leanne Caret has a big change ahead of her. Caret is leaving Wichita, where she’s served as general manager of the global transport and executive systems operations. She and her husband are moving to Philadelphia, where Caret will become vice president of Boeing’s Chinook helicopter program.
Caret joined Boeing Wichita two weeks after graduating from Kansas State University. She’s been there 21 years.
In her current role, she’s responsible for the VC-25 (commonly known as Air Force One),the E-4, the C40 models, the C-32 and the E-6. Caret leads an organization, however, that employs about 1,000 people at nine sites, including about 450 in Wichita.
Caret has been with Boeing Wichita 21 years. She will remain here for the next couple of months as she transitions to the new job. Boeing, meanwhile, has launched a search to fill her position. The company announced the change today.
Moving to Philadelphia will be a big change, Caret said. Her husband, a huge Nascar fan, has already searched out all the Nascar tracks within 100 miles of the city, Caret said with a laugh.
She’s looking forward to the new challenge. The Chinook H-47 helicopter “is really the backbone of the Army and so many of the services (and) for the actual soldier in the fight,” Caret said.