PAE Welcomes Cristal Rice as Vice President of Readiness & Sustainment

By Terrence Nowlin

PAE has appointed aerospace industry executive Cristal Rice as the vice president of its Readiness & Sustainment group. She joins PAE from The Boeing Company, where she served in various management roles starting in 2013. Rice held the titles of subdivision leader and senior program manager for U.S. Air Force sustainment programs at Boeing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

“Cristal has a demonstrated track record for leading high-performing teams and standing up new business development organizations,” said PAE President and CEO John Heller. “Her leadership will be key to expanding our aviation support offerings and growing our Global Mission Services business.”

At Boeing, Rice’s core and adjacent market strategies built significant revenue and drove new pipeline growth of $5 billion in only two years. Her portfolio includes leading business development efforts with specialized aircraft, missiles and fleet readiness experience at various companies, including Boeing, Raytheon, Chromalloy Component Services, Rolls-Royce Aero Engine Controls and Pratt & Whitney. Rice holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering and a bachelor’s degree in economics, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder.