Executive Biography of Howard McKenzie

Howard McKenzie

Howard McKenzie
Vice President and Chief Engineer
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Howard McKenzie is vice president and chief engineer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Appointed to this position in August 2021, he is responsible for effectiveness and efficiency of the engineering function across Commercial Airplanes and leads engineering design, safety and customer support activities for all commercial airplane models.

Most recently, McKenzie was vice president and chief engineer for Boeing Global Services. While there, he led the alignment of 7,000 engineers into one cohesive engineering function that supports commercial and government customers worldwide. Focused on safety and first-time quality, his team provided design engineering, aircraft modifications and conversions as well as engineering support and services.

Before that assignment, McKenzie was vice president and general manager of Boeing Test & Evaluation, where he led a team of engineers, pilots, mechanics and technicians responsible for the testing, evaluation and certification of Boeing commercial and defense products.

Previously, he served as vice president and chief project engineer for the 777 program, where he was responsible for product integrity and safety for the 777 worldwide fleet. He has also served as director of engineering for the 777 program, responsible for the engineering design functional organizations as well as ensuring product compliance to regulatory standards and requirements including product integrity and safety. Also, McKenzie was chief engineer of Airplane Level Integration on the 777 program, chief engineer of Airplane Systems on the 777 program and chief engineer for Commercial Airplanes Environmental Systems Engineering. He worked at McDonnell Douglas Corporation before his assignments within Boeing.

McKenzie is the Boeing executive focal for the University of California, Berkeley.

McKenzie has of Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.