Boeing's McNerney to speak at Eximbank event in Chicago

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Boeing chief executive Jim McNerney will address Illinois small businesses on 10 November about expanding their sales in foreign markets and creating US jobs.

McNerney, who has held his current post at Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Boeing since July 2005, will be a keynote speaker at a US Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) seminar in Chicago.

The Chicago seminar follows events in New York, Boston, Miami and Houston, and precedes similar sessions in Los Angeles, Seattle and Detroit. About 800 small businesses, lenders, brokers and trade specialists have attended the first four seminars.

"Although 95% of the world's customers are located outside of the United States, the vast majority of American companies aren't currently accessing this global market because of perceived difficulties in successfully finding and financing foreign sales," says Eximbank chairman and president Fred Hochberg. "We plan to show seminar participants how to overcome these difficulties."

Boeing in 2001 relocated its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago.