Aircraft Materials and Structures
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
John Byrne serves as Vice President of Aircraft Materials and Structures for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Supplier Management. In this position, he is responsible for strategic development, contracting and supplier management of the metallic and composite raw materials, fabricated parts and assemblies, forgings/castings, structural standards and major structures components.
Byrne joined Boeing in 1987 as a quality engineer at the Fabrication Division in Auburn, Washington, following five years of work with the United States Department of the Navy. He held a variety of quality and manufacturing assignments across the division.
In 2001, Byrne was named Director of the Machine Parts Manufacturing Business unit, which produced complex machined parts and assemblies for Boeing single- and twin-aisle commercial airplanes. His next assignment was the director of Business Operations and Supply Chain Management for the Fabrication Division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. His responsibilities included business and strategic planning, work statement control and coordination of supply chain and work placement activities for all of the division’s fabrication sites in the United States and Canada. He joined Supplier Management in the spring of 2003 and assumed his current role in January of 2011.
Byrne currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ural Boeing Manufacturing, a joint venture between the Boeing Company and VSMPO. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Washington State University Foundation and has been a past President of the Auburn Valley YMCA.
Raised in Spokane, Washington, Byrne received a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from Washington State University.