Jim O’Neill is the president of Boeing’s BDS Development organization and the St. Louis senior executive. BDS Development manages key programs in BDS’s portfolio at critical points in their lifecycle to benefit from coordination and focused resources from across the company, improving development execution and driving cost savings. This is accomplished by sharing capabilities such as mission systems and test disciplines, engineering best practices, program management and integration. Managed programs include KC-46 Pegasus; Presidential Aircraft Replacement; CST-100; Space Launch System; Boeing’s 502 small satellite; and BDS work for Boeing’s 777X commercial airplane.
O’Neill moves to his current assignment after having served as president of Global Services & Support, leading a team of more than 15,000 employees delivering a wide variety of products and services to customers worldwide. The 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.
Prior to becoming the GS&S president, he was vice president and general manager of the GS&S Integrated Logistics division. 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, innovative supply-chain management, industry-leading engineering services and public-private partnerships.
O’Neill has significant experience leading Boeing programs in their critical development phase. He served as vice president and program manager of Boeing International Tanker Programs. Under his leadership, Boeing introduced the KC-767 aerial refueling tanker. He also served as vice president and deputy director of the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter program. Additionally, he was general manager of Naval Weapons. He also worked in Seattle as chief engineer and air vehicle director for Boeing’s Joint Strike Fighter program.
O’Neill began his Boeing career 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.