Darryl Davis is vice president and general manager of Phantom Works for the Defense, Space & Security (BDS) business unit of The Boeing Company. In this position Davis oversees a billion-dollar advanced, research and development organization that is currently designing, building, testing and/or operating prototypes from the sea floor to space and into cyberspace.
Fully integrated with the other businesses that make up the $30 billion BDS enterprise, Phantom Works has about 2,700 employees working around the world. The unit is responsible for engaging customers through advanced visual modeling and simulation; innovating cross-cutting concepts and technologies; prototyping solutions to extend current products and win new programs; and developing new businesses and entering new markets.
Prior to this position, Davis was vice president of Advanced Precision Engagement and Mobility Systems, a business element of Phantom Works. There he was responsible for working with BDS profit and loss centers and Boeing Research & Technology organization to help grow the business. Before that posting, he was vice president of Boeing Global Strike Solutions. In that assignment, he had overall responsibility for providing a coordinated set of global strike solutions for the U.S. military and international customers. Davis was also program manager for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems X-45, leading the Boeing X-45 team to demonstrate the transformational capability of unmanned combat aircraft.
Davis joined McDonnell Douglas in 1979 in propulsion engineering and has held a series of positions of increasing responsibility within McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. This included business development for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and for Military Aircraft and Missile Systems and program manager positions on Advanced Strike Weapons Systems and the AV-8B Harrier II. Davis also served as capture team leader on Joint Strike Fighter.
A former Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow with the U.S. Senate, Davis holds a bachelor's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla.