In a statement to Defence Connect this afternoon, Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said Edwards passed away Sunday, 22 September, at the age of 51. The cause of his death has not been determined.
Edwards will be remembered by the Australian defence sector as a talented and determined leader that has been at the helm of Boeing Defence Australia for nearing three years.
Under his stewardship, Boeing Defence Australia delivered a range of support programs to the Commonwealth, leading over 2,500 employees across the country.
Prior to his appointment as managing director, Edwards spent an earlier 14 years with Boeing Defence Australia where he held a number of senior roles, including chief operating officer, director of supply chain management, and director of strategic partnerships.
“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,” Caret said.
“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, a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College, Duntroon, served as an officer in the Australian Army from 1986 to 2000, where he held a number of command and logistics appointments.
He was a passionate supporter of veteran employment within Boeing Defence Australia and was also a driver of the organisation’s Indigenous participation programs.
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Global Services, also paid tribute to Edwards.
“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,” he said.
The team at Defence Connect extends its condolences to the Edwards family plus Darren’s friends and colleagues at Boeing and the wider defence sector.
Boeing has named Scott Carpendale as acting vice president and managing director for Boeing Defence Australia.