Mark Cherry is vice president and general manager of Phantom Works for the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) unit of The Boeing Company. In this position, Cherry oversees an advanced research and development organization that is responsible for engaging customers through leading-edge visual modeling and simulation; innovating cross-cutting concepts and technologies; prototyping solutions to extend current products and win new programs; and developing new businesses and entering new markets.
Cherry joined the company November 2017 from Aurora Flight Sciences where he served as president and chief operating officer for the past five years. In this role, he was involved in the development of autonomous systems that include perception, machine learning and advanced flight-control systems.
With more than 20 years of aerospace leadership experience, Cherry has worked on leading-edge technologies at several organizations, including Sikorsky Aircraft, Teradyne Inc. and The Boston Consulting Group.
Cherry joined the industry after serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force where he held several acquisition and engineering roles.
Cherry holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University and Master of Science degrees in Systems and Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics.