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Boeing Defense President Muilenburg on mixing business with cycling

September 7, 2010

Boeing Defense, Space and Security President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg speaks eloquently about defense cycles, but did you know that he is something of a cyclist who typically rides about 100 miles a week?

AERO-ARMS-SUMMIT/The give away was the glowing tan he was sporting when speaking at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit.

“I’m an avid bicyclist so I catch some sun while I’m out bicycling,” he said.

Muilenburg doesn’t bike to work but he goes for a spin on the weekend and has a few bicycles parked in his garage. His favorite is a Trek 5900, which other cycling aficianados say is lightweight and speedy.

“That’s my composite frame bike that I use for a lot of my long-distance rides,” Muilenburg says with a smile.

And there is a way to mix business with pleasure, as he explains how he’s incorporated his love for cycling with a Boeing fitness program.

“One of the things we’re doing right now is investing in our people, what we call a people first, people fit program,” Muilenburg says. “Part of that is investing in employee well-being, so quite frequently I travel to a site and do a 20 or 30-mile ride with the team. And then occasionally I do a long distance ride that’s in the 100 to 200 mile range.”

So do his employees make sure he finishes first? “It’s a good team effort,” Muilenburg says.

Perhaps the vast airfields of the Paris Air Show where the company exhibits its wares might be  another good place to mix business with cycling.

Photo credit: Reuters/Molly Reilly (Muilenburg at Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit)

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