Boeing poaches Washington aerospace adviser Bill McSherry for lobbying role

Aeroplane manufacturer Boeing has poached Bill McSherry, aerospace advisor to Washington State governor Christine Gregoire, to oversee the the company's lobbying operations from its HQ in Washington's capital, Olympia.

Washington aerospace adviser poached: Boeing
Washington aerospace adviser poached: Boeing

McSherry's title is director of state and local government affairs, but he will share his role with Susan Champlain, another new staff addition who formerly worked at Boeing and rejoins from Hill & Knowlton's Seattle office.

The two new appointments will play a key role in the company's often fractious relationship with the state government. A year ago, McSherry was responsible for lobbying Boeing on the state's behalf to build its 787 Dreamliner jet in Washington, only for the company to decide on making it South Carolina due to failure to reach an agreement with unions.

Now McSherry will be on the other side of those negotiations in the years to come as Boeing decides where to build its next line of planes. McSherry replaces David Schumacher who had been with Boeing since October 2008.

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