Patrick Shanahan was named senior vice president and general manager of Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in December 2008. He oversees the management of profit and loss for the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 programs as well as the production integration of development programs. In addition, Shanahan is responsible for regulatory compliance, community interaction and Delivery Center operations in Renton, Washington, Everett, Washington and Charleston, South Carolina.
Prior to this assignment, Shanahan spent 14 months as vice president and general manager of the 787 Dreamliner program, which is bringing new possibilities for safe, efficient and economical point-to-point travel for the world’s airlines and passengers.
Previously, Shanahan was vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Missile Defense Systems, starting in December 2004. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the division’s key programs include the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, the Airborne Laser and the Advanced Tactical Laser.
Before his position in Missile Defense Systems, Shanahan was vice president and general manager for Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia. He was responsible for all U.S. Army Aviation programs, and site activities in Philadelphia and Mesa, Ariz. Programs at these facilities include the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, the CH-47 Chinook, the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter and the Boeing Strategic Manufacturing Center for wiring.
Before leading Rotorcraft Systems, Shanahan was vice president and general manager of the Boeing Commercial Airplanes 757 program, with responsibility for the design, production and profitability of the 757 family of airplanes. He previously served as program manager for the Boeing 767-400ER (Extended Range), leading the program through the successful rollout and first flight of the 767-400ER. Shanahan also had assignments as the director of the 767 Manufacturing business unit and the director of the Tooling business unit for the Fabrication Division.
A Washington state native, Shanahan joined Boeing in 1986 and progressed through a number of diverse assignments, which included significant involvement in Computer Services and the Boeing 777 Program. Shanahan is a Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He also serves as a Regent of the University of Washington Board and participates in numerous professional and charitable organizations, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Washington Roundtable and Washington Higher Education Task Force.
Shanahan holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, and a dual master of science degree in mechanical engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.