Ted Colbert was named chief information officer for the Boeing Company and vice president of its Information Technology organization, the company announced Nov. 11.

Colbert, 39, joined Boeing in 2009 after stints with Citigroup and Ford Motor Company. He replaces outgoing CIO Kim Hammonds, and will oversee approximately 8,000 information technology employees, according to The Wall Street Journal. He completed the Dual Degree Engineering Program at Georgia Tech and Morehouse College in Atlanta, earning degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science.

“Ted’s extensive background in Information Technology strategy and his years of successful leadership will ensure the continuity and successful implementation of the strategies we have put in place to achieve the critically important objectives of supporting and protecting our global operations with the most capable, reliable and secure IT systems in the world,” Boeing Chief Technology Officer John Tracy said in a statement.

According to The Seattle Times, Boeing announced in May that it would lay off 1,500 employees in its Washington-based IT department over the next three years, and move some of those jobs to Missouri and South Carolina, where IT personnel costs are cheaper.

“Holding down our IT costs, while delivering on increasing demand for global IT products and services is a continuing challenge,” Colbert said in an e-mail to The Wall Street Journal, adding that he intends to use tools such as analytics and private cloud and mobile information technologies.