Joan Robinson-Berry began service as vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina in June 2016.
In this position, she has leadership responsibility for Boeing’s South Carolina facilities in North Charleston and reports to Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The South Carolina site includes engineering and 737 MAX work. The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft series is being developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes as the successor to the Boeing 737 Next Generation series. The 737 MAX family of airplanes is designed to deliver more of everything.
A former McDonnell Douglas executive, Robinson-Berry, 56, has held many supplier management, business and engineering positions at Boeing.
Previously, Robinson-Berry served as vice president of the Shared Services Group (SSG) Supplier Management organization where she led the strategy, contracting, daily management and development of the supply chain providing more than $8 billion of non-production goods and services for The Boeing Company.
Before that, she held multiple supplier management and production positions at Boeing’s Phantom Works and various defense and space units.
Robinson-Berry 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 multi-billion dollar commercial airplane program. She also lent her talent overseas to create one of Africa’s first aerospace curriculums in Ghana.
Robinson-Berry has received extensive recognition for her work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from global organizations, including NSBE and various members of Congress.
In 2016, Robinson-Berry was recognized as one of Women’s Enterprise USA’s Top 100 Leaders in Supplier Diversity. She received the Women of Color Professional Achievement Award in 2015. She received the 2007 Black Engineer of the Year Achievement Award and was inducted into their Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012. Robinson-Berry was recognized in 2011 and 2012 by Uptown Professional magazine as one of the Top 100 executives in America.
Robinson-Berry holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management & Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. Robinson-Berry is an AIAA – Associate Technical Fellow and an African Scientific Institute Fellow.