John Hamilton was named vice president of Engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in April 2016. In this role he is responsible for engineering design, delegated compliance, certification and safety activities for all commercial airplane models, their derivatives and post-delivery upgrades. As the Commercial Airplanes Engineering leader, Hamilton is also responsible for identifying and implementing best practices as well as ensuring that the right engineering skill sets are in place for designing, integrating, building, testing, certifying and delivering Boeing airplane products.
Hamilton also oversees information technology, export compliance and intellectual property activities in Commercial Airplanes. Hamilton is a member of the Boeing Engineering, Operations and Technology (EO&T) leadership team.
From July 2013 through March 2016 Hamilton served as the vice president of Safety, Security and Compliance. In this capacity, Hamilton led the Aviation Safety and Aviation Security teams in addition to his previous role leading Regulatory Administration. Specifically, Hamilton oversaw processes used to support airplane safety and security issues and oversaw the Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA). Hamilton was named vice president, Regulatory Administration for Commercial Airplanes in February 2012.
Prior to February 2012, Hamilton served as the vice president / chief project engineer for the Next-Generation 737 program with responsibility for the safety and product integrity of the airplane’s design, including product strategy, the integration of engineering design, and product compliance to Boeing and regulatory standards and requirements.
Hamilton has held a variety of past leadership roles on the 737 and 757 Programs, and in Airplane Systems, Air Safety Investigation and Customer Service.
Hamilton joined Boeing in 1984 as a design engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Seattle University. He also completed the Aviation Safety Management program at the University of Southern California, and flight crew training for the 757 and 767 airplanes. He graduated from Columbia University's Senior Executive Program in 2007. Hamilton is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Washington and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).