Joan Robinson-Berry began service as vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina in June 2016. In this position, she has overall leadership responsibility for Boeing’s South Carolina facilities in North Charleston and reports to Kevin McAllister, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing South Carolina’s (BSC’s) airport campus is home to 787 Aftbody and Midbody Operations, 787 Final Assembly and Delivery operations, as well as an Engineering Design Center and IT Centers. BSC’s north campus includes the Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina, Propulsion South Carolina, and a Boeing Research & Technology Center.
Previously, Robinson-Berry served as vice president of the Shared Services Group (SSG) Supplier Management organization where she led the strategy, contracting, daily management and development of the supply chain providing more than $8 billion of non-production goods and services for The Boeing Company.
Earlier in her career, she was director of Phantom Works Supplier Management for the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) division and had responsibility for implementing supplier management strategy and execution in support of the development of advanced concepts and technologies.
Before that, Robinson-Berry was director of Small/Diverse Business & Strategic Alliances for BDS and ensured BDS fulfilled its contractual obligations. Robinson-Berry also represented Boeing as its Small Business Liaison Officer and was responsible for integrating more than five billion dollars in goods and services purchased annually from small and diverse suppliers. In this role she helped establish the local supplier network for BSC.
Robinson-Berry has also served as Director of Engineering and Technical Workforce Excellence, overseeing Technical Affiliations, Fellowship Programs and University Technical Relationships and as director of Engineering Processes, Tools and Skills for the Space and Communications business. Prior to that position, she served as program manager of the MD-80/-90 Twinjet Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Robinson-Berry has received extensive recognition for her work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from global organizations, including the National Society of Black Engineers and various members of Congress.
In 2018, Robinson-Berry received the YWCA of Greater Charleston Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Vision award and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Picture award. She has also been featured for being one of the 50 Most Influential people in Charleston by the Charleston Business magazine. She was celebrated and received a Woman of Distinction & Accomplishment: Ladies Who Shine by Washington State African American Achievement Awards team. She was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Business by Black Enterprise. In 2016, Robinson-Berry was recognized as one of the Women’s Enterprise USA’s Top 100 Leaders in Supplier Diversity, and was named one of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy magazine. She received the Women of Color Professional Achievement Award in 2015. She received the Career Communications Group 2007 Black Engineer of the Year Achievement Award and was inducted into their Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012. Robinson-Berry was recognized in 2011 and 2012 by Uptown Professional magazine as one of the Top 100 executives in America.
Robinson-Berry holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management & Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. Robinson-Berry is an AIAA – Associate Technical Fellow and an African Scientific Institute Fellow. She also received an honorary doctorate of business degree from Charleston Southern University.