Patrick Shanahan was named senior vice president of Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) in December 2008. He oversees the management of profit and loss for the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 programs. Shanahan in addition has overall responsibility for operations at Boeing’s principle manufacturing sites of Renton and Everett, Washington, and Charleston, South Carolina. This includes all aspects of engineering, delivery and regulatory compliance.
Prior to this assignment, Shanahan was vice president and general manager of the 787 Dreamliner and led the program during a critical period in the aircraft’s development from 2007 to 2008.
Previously, Shanahan was vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems, starting in December 2004. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the division’s key programs include the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, Airborne Laser and Advanced Tactical Laser.
Before his position in Missile Defense Systems, Shanahan was vice president and general manager for Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia. He was responsible for all U.S. Army Aviation programs and site activities in Philadelphia and Mesa, Ariz. Programs at these facilities include the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, the CH-47 Chinook, the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter.
Before leading Rotorcraft Systems, Shanahan was BCA vice president and general manager of the 757 program, with responsibility for the design, production and profitability of the 757 family of airplanes. He previously held leadership positions on the 767 program and in the Fabrication Division.
A Washington state native, Shanahan joined Boeing in 1986 and progressed through a number of diverse assignments, which included significant involvement in Computer Services and the Boeing 777 program.
Shanahan is a Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Fellow and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow. He serves as Regent of the University of Washington Board and participates in numerous professional and charitable organizations, including the Washington Roundtable and serves on the board of the Washington Higher Education Task Force
Shanahan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and a dual Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.