Pradeep Fernandes is vice president of Strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, he oversees cross-functional efforts to define Boeing’s strategic direction and address complex, enterprise-wide business decisions. These include greater life-cycle value for customers and internal capabilities for Boeing, growth opportunities such as services and intellectual property control, product and propulsion strategy, and aviation policy. Fernandes is also responsible for international business development strategy and serves on the Boeing International leadership team.
He previously served as managing director of strategy for the Confident Travel Initiative, where he was responsible for developing strategy for Boeing efforts to restore public confidence in air travel.
Fernandes has served in a variety of strategy roles since joining Boeing in 1997. As managing director of International Strategy & Business Development, he was responsible for advancing Commercial Airplanes’ efforts to be a global leader and align international objectives across business units. He was also managing director of Boeing HorizonX, where he explored opportunities beyond The Boeing Company’s core business, including initiatives that could potentially disrupt the core businesses themselves.
As managing director for Product Strategy at Commercial Airplanes, Fernandes led product strategy and recommended launching the newest 737 family, 777X and 787-10. He also led marketing and strategy efforts to launch the Boeing Sky Interior as product manager for the Next-Generation 737. While serving in the BCA Supply Chain Strategy group, Fernandes led efforts to develop an overall supply chain strategy and key supplier strategies. He also spent three years in the Corporate Audit organization — working in the Configuration Engineering and Analysis and Fleet Support Engineering groups, where he contributed to airplane performance analysis and new airplane early configuration development.
Fernandes was born and raised in Karnataka, India, and immigrated to the United States in 1991. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, a Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and three dogs, hiking, biking, playing volleyball, ballroom dancing and gardening.