Ojakli appointed as Boeing's chief lobbyist

By John Liang / September 16, 2021 at 2:13 PM

Boeing said today it has named Ziad Ojakli as the company's executive vice president of government operations.

In this role, effective Oct. 1, Ojakli will lead Boeing's public policy efforts, serve as the company's chief lobbyist and oversee Boeing Global Engagement, the company's global philanthropic organization.

Ojakli is succeeding Marc Allen, Boeing's chief strategy officer, who has served as interim executive vice president of government operations since June, according to a company statement.

Before joining Boeing, Ojakli was the head lobbyist for Softbank from 2018-2020. He also spent 14 years at Ford Motor Co. as group vice president, "where he led a global team that amplified the company's core business objectives and managed interactions with governments in 110 markets around the world," according to the Boeing statement.

Ojakli also served in the George W. Bush administration and was a staffer for Sens. Paul Coverdell (R-GA) and Dan Coats (R-IN).