Lawrence W. Clarkson

Honorary Member of the Board


Senior Vice President
The Boeing Company (Ret.)


Lawrence W. Clarkson has served on NBR’s Board of Directors since 1993. Mr. Clarkson retired from the Boeing Company in 1999 from his position as President of Boeing Enterprises, the division that includes Boeing Business Jets, Flight Safety Boeing Training International, and Boeing Modification and Engineering Services. He played a key role in introducing a new strategic-planning process, and represented the company at an international level. The New York Times described him in December 1996 as “the closest thing [Boeing] has to a corporate secretary of state.” He served in this position from January 1992 until February 1997, first as Vice President and then, from April 1994 on, as Senior Vice President. He was also a member of the Boeing Executive Council from 1992 to 1997.

Mr. Clarkson joined Boeing in January 1988 as Commercial Airplanes’ Senior Vice President of Government and International Affairs after a twenty-year career with Pratt & Whitney, where he became the youngest president of Pratt’s Commercial Jet-Engine Division.

Mr. Clarkson is Chairman of the U.S. Pacific Basin Economic Council and the National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. He is Director of several other international and industry organizations, and is past President of both the Washington State China Relations Council and the Japan-America Society of Washington, and a past Vice President of the Wings Club. Mr. Clarkson is Chairman of the Seattle Opera and the Interlochen Center for the Arts and is on the board of the Corporate Council for the Arts.

Holding a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Florida, Mr. Clarkson is a member of the Florida Bar Association and serves as a trustee of DePauw University and as an Overseer of the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. In 1998 he received DePauw’s highest honor, the Old Gold Goblet, an annual award for “eminence in life’s work and service to the alma mater.”

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