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.