INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Resumes fly in as Boeing prepares to assembleits comms staff in Chicago

SEATTLE: Boeing will replace about a third of its corporate

communications staff as a result of its planned September headquarters

move to Chicago.

Most of the half-dozen PR positions the aerospace company needs to fill

are mid-level, but it is also searching for a manager for internal

communications, said Tom Downey, VP internal and executive

communications. That position is responsible for overseeing the

company's online employee news service.

Boeing collected more than 500 resumes from candidates at a job fair

held in Chicago in late June, Downey said. Chicago PR veterans said many

out-of-work tech PR specialists showed up at the three-day event.

The company has also been receiving resumes via its Web site. Because of

the volume of responses, it has no plans to use an executive search


Job offers will be made in the next several weeks. New hires will be

flown to Seattle to get briefed.

Boeing will have approximately 20 communications staffers once the move,

set for September 4, has been made, said Downey.

Boeing had about 35 communications employees in Seattle, but the change

in number reflects changes in where various communications functions

will be handled. Some communications functions, such as local labor

communications, will stay in Seattle. Others are being moved from the

corporate to the business unit level.

No decision has been made on whether to hire an outside PR agency once

the move is made. Boeing worked with Edelman to handle the May 10

announcement of the selection of Chicago as its new corporate home.

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