Jim O’Neill is the president of Boeing’s Global Services & Support (GS&S), a business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. This thriving business provides customers worldwide with a full spectrum of versatile products, services and total lifecycle solutions. GS&S 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. GS&S has more than 16,000 employees working in 295 locations around the world working to provide customers with unparalleled readiness and total life cycle solutions, including operations in Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
Prior to this assignment, O’Neill was vice president and general manager of the GS&S Integrated Logistics business. For six years he lead 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 for the preceding two years. His responsibilities included sales, development, production and support of 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, with program management responsibility for SLAM-ER, Harpoon and target missile systems in St. Louis. He also worked in Seattle as chief engineer and air vehicle director for the Joint Strike Fighter program.
In 1982 O’Neill began his career with Boeing 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.
O’Neill is actively involved with several professional and civic 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, University of Missouri Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni, and St. Louis Civic Progress.