Former Continental CEO Kellner elected to Boeing board

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Former Continental Airlines CEO Larry Kellner has been elected to the Boeing board of directors, bringing the board back to 12 members.

Kellner, who currently serves as president of the Houston-based private equity firm Emerald Creek Group served as chairman and CEO of Continental from 2004 to 2009 and was succeeded by Jeff Smisek, now CEO of United-Continental Holdings.

"Larry brings to our board significant industry experience spanning strategy, operations and finance," said Boeing chairman and CEO Jim McNerney. "He understands the challenges our customers face in increasingly competitive markets, and we will benefit from having his perspective on our board."

Boeing said Kellner will serve on the board's audit and finance committees.

The election returns the membership of the board to 12, after director John Bryson was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Secretary of Commerce on 31 May.