Executive Biography of Michael Delaney

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Michael Delaney
Chief Aerospace Safety Officer
Senior Vice President, Global Aerospace Safety

Mike Delaney is the chief aerospace safety officer of The Boeing Company, senior vice president of Global Aerospace Safety and a member of the company’s Executive Council. Named to this role in 2021, Delaney is responsible for strengthening the safety practices and culture at Boeing and advancing the company’s comprehensive Global Aviation Safety strategy, including integrated responsibility for Product & Services Safety, Aerospace Safety Analytics, and Global Aviation Safety System. Delaney is accountable to the Aerospace Safety Committee of the Boeing Board of Directors.

Delaney previously led Boeing’s Confident Travel Initiative to help the aviation industry safely resume global air travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative brought together the company’s vast resources to support customer airlines, test and implement new technologies, and partner with industry associations to amplify work that kept passengers safe.

Before that role, Delaney was vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Digital Transformation. He led efforts to establish a digital thread across 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. Additionally, Delaney provided cross-functional business architecture leadership to improve data capture and analytics insights that support “digital smart factory” workflow simplification.

Delaney was previously vice president and general manager of Airplane Development where he led the design, development, integration, testing and certification of the next generation of commercial airplane models. He 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.

Delaney also 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.

Before his Engineering role, Delaney was vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 Program, vice president of 747/767/777 Engineering, vice president of Commercial Airplanes Test & Validation and chief project engineer of the Next-Generation 737 Program. Delaney began his career at Grumman Aerospace and in 1988, he joined McDonnell Douglas.

Delaney is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fellow and a past member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. He has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Hofstra University and a Master of Business Administration from the Toulouse Business School.