Brett C. Gerry was named president of Boeing Japan in February 2016. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the Boeing strategy in Japan, expanding the company’s local presence, identifying new business and partnership opportunities, and leading government affairs and global engagement programs. He is based in Tokyo and reports to Marc Allen, president of Boeing International.
Prior to this appointment, Gerry was vice president and general counsel for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, one of four operating groups within Boeing. Based in Seattle, Washington, Gerry led the legal function for the world’s premier manufacturer of commercial jetliners. He held this position from March 2009. Before joining Commercial Airplanes, Gerry was chief counsel for Network and Space Systems (N&SS), one of the businesses within Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
Gerry came to Boeing following several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House. His service at the Justice Department included roles as chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey; acting assistant attorney general supervising the department’s office of law and policy; and a member of the leadership team that launched the Justice Department National Security Division, where he served as deputy assistant attorney general.
Before that, Gerry was an associate counsel to the president of the United States, working on national security and intelligence matters. He also worked in private practice at Boston-based Goodwin Procter LLP and was a law clerk both at the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Gerry earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Colgate University, an M.A. in political science from Yale University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and at the University of Washington Law School, as a board member of the Alliance for Education in Seattle and as chair of the industry advisory board for the University of Washington Law School’s Global Business Law Initiative.
In connection with his responsibilities in Japan, Gerry serves on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and is co-chair of the U.S.-Japan Business Council’s Committee on Travel and Tourism. In addition, Gerry serves as Boeing’s executive liaison to Tohoku University. Gerry lives in Tokyo with his wife and two children.