Mike Delaney was named the vice president of Digital Transformation in September 2017. In this newly defined role, Delaney leads the focus on enabling a digital thread across Commercial Airplanes’ development and production programs to drive a connected flow of engineering data through the production system and across the in-service fleet of Boeing airplanes. He is driving a focus on enabling a digital thread through model-based engineering. Additionally, Delaney provides cross-functional business architecture leadership to improve data capture and data analytics insights that support “digital smart factory” workflow simplification and realignment as well as machine learning optimization to improve cost of quality and rework.
Previously, Delaney was vice president and general manager of Airplane Development. In that role, he was responsible for all commercial airplane development programs. He led the design, development, integration, testing and certification of the next generation of airplane models, including the 737 MAX, 777X and 787-10. Delaney also oversaw all aspects of product development, including the engineering team responsible for formulating the preliminary design of new and derivative airplanes and systems, improving environmental performance and developing advanced technology.
From February 2010 through March 2016, Delaney served as the vice president of Engineering for Commercial Airplanes where he was responsible for product development, design, delegated compliance, certification and safety activities for all commercial airplane models, their derivatives and post-delivery upgrades.
Delaney also served in the added capacity as senior chief engineer of Airplane Performance and Product Architecture and oversaw information technology, export compliance and intellectual property activities in Commercial Airplanes.
Prior to his Engineering leadership role, Delaney was vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 program from February 2008 until January 2010, leading the readiness effort for first airplane delivery, technical configuration, product integrity and safety.
From January 2007 through January 2008, Delaney served as vice president of engineering for the 747/767/777 programs, where he led the Engineering management team responsible for product definition (parts, plans and tools) as well as engineering processes and product improvement.
As vice president of Commercial Airplanes Test & Validation in 2006, Delaney led the team responsible for test and validation of all Boeing commercial airplanes and of Integrated Defense Systems products using commercial airplanes as platforms.
Delaney also served as chief project engineer for the Boeing Next-Generation 737 program from 2003 through 2006.
In 2002, Delaney managed Boeing’s activity to comply with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Special Federal Aviation Regulation 88 for maintenance and inspections of airplane fuel systems.
Delaney began his business career as an aerodynamics engineer at Grumman Aerospace. In 1988, he joined McDonnell Douglas. In 1997, he became senior manager of Flight Test Engineering. That same year, Delaney became director of the 717 Program Airplane Test and Validation, Flight and Lab Test/Flight Operations and the 717 deputy chief project engineer.
Delaney earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Hofstra University in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration from the Ecole Superior de Commerce de Toulouse in 2001. Delaney was named an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 2011 and named a Fellow of the AIAA in 2013. He is also a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.