Chair, Board of Trustees
Nicole W. Piasecki is currently Chairman of Seattle University’s Board of Trustees. She joined the board in 2010 and has served as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committees during her tenure.
Piasecki recently retired as vice president and general manager of the Propulsion Systems Division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Named to this role in March 2013, she was responsible for engine and propulsion systems strategy, procurement, contracting, engineering and manufacturing integration for all commercial airplane programs, in addition to support for more than 12,000 in-service aircraft. Her key focus was executing a vertical integration strategy to increase Commercial Airplanes’ design, build and aftermarket capabilities, including the opening of an engine nacelle center of excellence in North Charleston, S.C.
Piasecki served in a variety of other leadership positions during her 23-year career at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, most recently as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Integration, starting in January 2010.
During her tenure leading Business Development, Boeing established several global, strategic agreements — including with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Embraer S.A. and Mubadala Aerospace — to partner on a variety of growth opportunities. In addition, she led Boeing’s strategic decision to launch the 737MAX.
She served in several other key executive roles for Boeing including President of Boeing Japan, SVP of Business Strategy & Marketing for Commercial Airplanes, Vice President for Sales for Leasing Company customers. Piasecki has played an instrumental role in the investment in Boeing product line including the launch of the 787 Dreamliner.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University and a master of business administration degree in operations management from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania, which included studies at the Keio Business School in Japan.
Piasecki has served in several government capacities during her career. In 2003, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta named her to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council. Starting in 2010, she served a one-year term as chair of the safety subcommittee of the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. In 2012, she was appointed to the board of directors of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Piasecki is a director at Weyerhaeuser Co., a director of The Stimson Center, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank in DC and an advisor to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Tokyo. Piasecki has a single-engine pilot’s license, is married and has three sons.