Boeing puts Hullin in charge of communications

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Chicago--Grappling with a scandal on the defense side of its business and with a depressed commercial aviation market, Boeing Co. announced Tuesday that Tod Hullin has been appointed seniorVP-communications.

Hullin, who will begin his new duties Sept. 12, will direct all of Boeing's global communications activities.

Most recently, Hullin has been advising Edgar Bronfman Jr.'s consortium on its effort to acquire the entertainment assets of Vivendi Universal. He previously worked in the communicationsand pharmaceutical industries.

He began his professional career in 1969 as a member of the White House staff. In 1976, he was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary of defense-public affairs, serving under Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Boeing has been dealing with a scandal involving its bidding on a military contract. The Air Force found the company gained inappropriate access to Lockheed Martin documents in a rocket contract competition in 1998.

--Sean Callahan

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