Executive Biography of Alan R. May

Alan R. May

Alan R. May
Vice President, Human Resources
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Alan May is vice president of the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Human Resources organization. He was named to the position in April 2013.

He reports to Ray Conner, Boeing vice chairman, president and CEO of Commercial Airplanes, and Tony Parasida, senior vice president of Human Resources and Administration for The Boeing Company and member of the Boeing Executive Council.

Previously, May was vice president of Human Resources for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. He was named to the position in June 2010. In that role, he was responsible for HR initiatives to drive business performance and to create and sustain a premier work environment for employees. He also provided direction on employee and organizational policies, strategies, and processes throughout the BDS enterprise.

Before that assignment, May served as vice president of Strategy, Compensation and Benefits for The Boeing Company. In this capacity, he directed HR strategy,  executive and enterprise compensation, health care policy and retirement benefits for the company.

Prior to joining Boeing, May served as Chief Talent and Human Resources Officer for Cerberus Capital Management, a leading private equity firm based in New York invested in companies representing more than $45 billion in revenue and 250,000 employees globally. At Cerberus, May established an HR function for the firm and played an integral role in attracting top talent to private equity in support of numerous large scale acquisitions.

Previously, May held a number of global HR and Business Integration roles during a 15-year career at PepsiCo, culminating with an assignment as senior vice president, Human Resources, for the rapidly growing Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade division based in Chicago.

Prior to PepsiCo, May held HR and general management roles at Caterpillar and TRW. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois.

May serves as a Trustee of the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and on the Corporate Advisory Board for the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Human Resources Policy Association and the University of Illinois Foundation.