As part of the company’s restructuring initiative to beef-up its engineering function, Boeing has promoted the chief project engineers of the 737, 747, 777 and KC-45 tanker programs to the role of VP for the programs they support.

In addition, Boeing has also appointed former 787 Airplane Level Integration Team leader Terry Beezhold to the newly created role of VP-processes, tools and affordability. Beezhold will make sure all Boeing Commercial Airplanes computing processes and tools support the entry into service for the 747 Freighter and Intercontinental and 787 airplanes, support current programs and “enable the planned rate increases for the 737, 767, and 777 programs,” says Boeing.

Beezhold’s new job also includes working on cutting the non-recurring costs for future aircraft product developments, specifically the 737 and its potential future improvements, as well as its longer-term replacement, and the Advanced 777. Boeing says Beezhold will “work closely with Larry Schneider, VP-product development; Mike Bair, VP-advanced 737 product development, and Lars Anderson, VP-advanced 777 product development.”

The newly promoted VPs are John Hamilton, Michael Teal, Dennis Egan and Bob Whittington, the chief project engineers for the 737, 747, KC-46 Tanker and 777 programs, respectively. Hamilton reports to Beverly Wyse, VP and general manager of the 737 program; Teal reports to Elizabeth Lund, VP and general manager of the 747 Program; Egan reports to Maureen Dougherty, Vp and program manager of the KC-46 Tanker Program; and Whittington reports to Larry Loftis, VP and general manager of the 777 program.

The moves form part of a restructuring plan under way since 2010, largely as a result of the fallout from issues on the 747-8 and 787 programs. Mike Delaney, BCA VP-engineering, says, "We are building strength on strength and creating opportunity for our team. These moves recognize the influence these individuals bring to the airplane programs and the role the engineering function plays in the creation of value for our customers.”