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Joan Robinson-Berry, director of The Boeing Company's Phantom Works Supplier Management, will be taking on a new role as Vice President of Supplier Management for the Shared Services Group, effective Feb. 22.
Robinson-Berry joined Boeing in 1986 after working in design engineering for General Dynamics and co-founding and operating a small engineering company in the inner city of Los Angeles.
Over her long and illustrious career, she has held numerous positions in various areas to include, program management, engineering, quality assurance, and human resources. She was a director of technical workforce excellence, director of engineering processes, tools, and skills; and program manager of the MD-80/-90 Twin Jet Programs.
She represents Boeing on the Billion Dollar Roundtable board of directors and also serves on the board for the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council. Robinson-Berry received a 2008 Boeing Diversity Change Agent Award.
Her career has been marked by a string of firsts. She is the first African-American to win an Amelia Earhart award, first African-American woman to sit on a Boeing Engineering Process Council, and first African-American woman to become a program manager in a multi-billion dollar commercial airplane program. She also lent her talent overseas to create one of Africa’s first aerospace curriculums in Ghana. She is the 2007 winner of the Black Engineer of the Year Career Achievement Award.
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