Boeing lands VP of comms for DC

WASHINGTON: Boeing has pulled aboard a new VP of communications for its Washington office.

WASHINGTON: Boeing has pulled aboard a new VP of communications for its Washington office.

Maureen Cragin, 39, came in earlier this month as the liaison between the aerospace giant and her most recent employer, the US government. She previously served with the Veterans Affairs Department, where she was secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, managing a staff of 85.

One of the original crop of Bush administration appointees, Cragin was eager to return to work in the private sector. She won't be leaving the government far behind, however. Her new position requires her to coordinate all communications between Boeing, one of the world's largest military contractors, and the Pentagon, Congress, NASA, the FAA, and the White House, to say nothing of state and local constituencies.

Cragin briefly flirted with the aerospace industry once before. She served a short stint with Raytheon in early 2001 before accepting her job with Veterans Affairs.

But the lion's share of her public affairs experience was gained in the public sector. She spent six years in the House Armed Services Committee, eventually becoming the director of communications. Her start in the field came with the Navy, where she served seven active years. She remains in the Navy reserves.

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