Boeing Israel taps former air force chief as next president

Ido Nehushtan to lead local branch of the multinational defense contractor, replacing David Ivry after 18 years

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Ido Nehushtan (Gideon Markowicz/Flash 90)
Ido Nehushtan (Gideon Markowicz/Flash 90)

Former Israeli Air Force chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Ido Nehushtan was chosen to take over as president of the Boeing defense contractor’s Israel office, the company announced Wednesday.

Nehushtan will replace Maj. Gen. (res.) David Ivry, who has served in the role for the past 18 years. Ivry, 87, is stepping down from the position in order to retire, according to Boeing.

Nehushtan served as head of the Israeli Air Force from 2008 to 2012 and has since served as an adviser to a number of Israeli defense contractors, including Israeli Aerospace Industries.

“Maj. Gen. (res.) Ido Nehushtan will lead Boeing Israel to deepen the activities and the involvement of the firm in Israel and to find new engines of additional growth. He will lead the conglomerate’s strategy of expanding its business with the local market and will coordinate Boeing’s activities in Israel,” the company said.

Nehushtan holds master’s degrees in business management from both Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He also completed the advanced management program at Harvard University.

The president of Boeing International, Michael Arthur, thanked Ivry for his 18 years of service and wished Nehushtan well in his new position.

“Ido had a glorious career in the air force and we are pleased that he has chosen to join Boeing in order to continue to expand our activities in Israel, to deepen our relationships with the local industries and suppliers and to lead the firm’s workers,” Arthur said in a statement.

Boeing manufactures many of the aircraft used by the Israeli Air Force, including the F-15 fighter jet and recently purchased KC-46 refueling plane.

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