Boeing mourns passing of Australian VP/MD Darren Edwards; Interim Leader Named
BRISBANE, September 23, 2019 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] is saddened to announce the death of Darren Edwards, the vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia (BDA).
Edwards passed away Sunday at the age of 51; the cause of death has not been determined.
“Darren was not just a talented leader who helped transform Boeing’s defence business in Australia, he was a respected and trusted colleague and mentor to countless people inside and outside the company,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
“The global Boeing team mourns the loss of Darren, a smart, warm and funny individual who is best remembered as a husband and father, a veteran, and a friend.”
Edwards was appointed vice president and managing director of BDA in February 2017; BDA is a leading provider of defence systems and support services for the Australian Defence Force, with 2500 employees across the country. Edwards joined Boeing in 2000 where he held a series of leadership roles in the United States and Australia that spanned human resources, supply chain management, and operations. From 2015 to his 2017 appointment leading BDA, Edwards was the general manager Australia & New Zealand for Salentis Pty Ltd (Australia).
From 1986 to 2000, Edwards was an Army Officer in the Australian Defence Force where he held numerous command and logistic appointments.
“The career of integrity and honour that Darren forged from his beginnings in the Australian Army straight through his time at Boeing demonstrated his unwavering commitment to those in uniform and ensuring that they have what they need to protect and defend Australia and its allies,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Global Services.
Edwards held degrees from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the University of New South Wales, and was a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and Royal Military College, Duntroon.
Edwards is survived by his wife Kris and their two sons.
Boeing has named Scott Carpendale as acting vice president and managing director for BDA.