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Boeing Puts Dreamliner Under One Leader in Management Shift

  • Wyse named president of company’s shared services group
  • Program manager Jenks to run 787 Dreamliner factories

Boeing Co. is streamlining oversight of its marquee 787 Dreamliner, putting the chain of command for the plane’s Seattle-area and South Carolina factories under one person to accelerate decision making.

Mark Jenks, 787 program vice president and general manager, will lead the integration of the factories and supervise all of the jet’s operations, Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing’s commercial airplane division, said Thursday in a memo to employees that was reviewed by Bloomberg.

Boeing 787

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Beverly Wyse, who had run the Dreamliner’s North Charleston factory as vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, is being promoted. Her new role: president of the multibillion-dollar shared-services group, which manages such functions as accounting, human resources and real estate that are used across all of the aerospace manufacturer’s businesses.

“With Beverly moving into a different role, we are also taking the opportunity to streamline the 787 team,” Conner said. “At this stage in the program’s maturity cycle, we are in the solid position to strengthen ties between our Everett and North Charleston 787 operations.”

Cutting Jobs

The shifts come as Conner works to flatten the management structure of Boeing’s commercial airplane business and speed decision making. The division is already paring 4,000 jobs, about 5 percent of the workforce, through attrition and voluntary layoffs.

The North Charleston plant is the first built by Boeing to produce commercial planes outside its traditional industrial hub in the Seattle area. Wyse had headed Boeing’s 737 assembly plant before assuming the top South Carolina post in early 2015. She helped defuse labor tensions and deflate a union organizing push at the factory, while largely eliminating out-of-sequence work that hampered Dreamliner production.

Joan Robinson-Berry replaces Wyse as vice president and general manager of the South Carolina site. She will handle site strategy through “policy, employee, community and government engagement,” Conner said.

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