Jim O'Neill is the president of Boeing's Global Services & Support (GS&S), a business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security and the St. Louis Senior Executive. In the role of senior executive, he serves as the principal liaison to the St. Louis community and region which includes representing Boeing as a member of St. Louis Civic Progress.
As President of GS&S, O'Neill leads a team of more than 15,000 employees that provides a wide variety of versatile products and services to customers worldwide. The thriving business is the U.S. Department of Defense's largest performance-based logistics contractor and an industry leader in providing sustainment solutions for Boeing and select non-Boeing platforms.
GS&S provides enduring support that begins at product inception and continues until the product retires from service. With more than 15,000 employees working in 295 locations around the world, including operations in Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, GS&S is uniquely positioned to provide customers with unparalleled readiness and total life cycle solutions.
Prior to this assignment, O'Neill was vice president and general manager of the GS&S Integrated Logistics business. For six years he led Boeing's efforts to provide readiness and after-delivery support for military platforms and systems through performance based logistics contracts, leveraging innovative supply-chain management, industry-leading engineering services and public-private partnerships.
O'Neill also served as vice president and program manager of Boeing Tanker Programs. Under his leadership, Boeing introduced the world's most advanced aerial-refueling tanker – the KC-767. Prior to this, he served as the deputy program manager for Tanker Programs, after serving as vice president and deputy director of the Comanche helicopter program. From March 2001 until January 2004, he was general manager of Naval Weapons. He also worked in Seattle as chief engineer and air vehicle director for the Joint Strike Fighter program.
O'Neill began his career with Boeing In 1982 as a structural engineer on the F/A-18 Hornet program after receiving a bachelor's degree and master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri. He also has an executive master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
In addition to his work with other CEOs and executives from the St. Louis region's largest businesses through St. Louis Civic Progress, O'Neill is actively involved with other civic and professional organizations. He is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society; serves on the board of directors for Youth In Need and the Western Golf Association for the Evans Scholars Foundation; and is a member of the University of Missouri Research and Development Advisory Board, and University of Missouri Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.