Boeing reshuffles senior engineering leaders as Greg Hyslop retires


Boeing has appointed Howard McKenzie as chief engineer and executive vice president of engineering, test and technology, succeeding Greg Hyslop, who retires in June.

McKenzie, the top engineer at Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit, takes over leadership of the company’s 57,000 engineers, overseeing all aspects of safety and technical integrity of Boeing products and services. McKenzie also assumes oversight of Boeing’s technology vision, strategy and investment.

Prior to his recent role at Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), McKenzie was vice president and chief engineer of Boeing Global Services, the company’s services and support business. A 35-year veteran of the company, McKenzie has also served as vice president of Boeing Test & Evaluation.

Hyslop has spent 41-years at Boeing and has been on the company’s Executive Council since 2016. He has been chief engineer since 2019, during which time he has led a restructuring of the company’s engineering function and introduced  new design practices.

Dave Calhoun, Boeing’s president and CEO said, “Greg has modeled Boeing’s commitment to engineering excellence throughout his four decades here.

“As we reshaped our company, Greg played an instrumental role in strengthening our engineering organization, positioning our engineers to innovate a future that is more digital, autonomous and sustainable, and always with a focus on safety, quality and integrity.”

In addition, David Loffing, chief program engineer of Boeing’s 777X airplane, takes over as vice president and chief engineer of BCA. Loffing joined Boeing almost 20 years ago and has held engineering leadership positions across the company’s single- and twin-aisle jet families and future airplane concepts.

“Howard and David are brilliant engineering minds who bring strong technical expertise and deep program experience to their new roles. They will join together with chief technology officer Todd Citron and chief aerospace safety officer Michael Delaney to lead our function into the future and help us tackle the engineering challenges of today and tomorrow,” said Calhoun.

Hyslop remains in the company during the next few months to support the transition as chief engineer emeritus and will assist with program management, leadership development and university relations efforts during that time.

“When I think about the impact Boeing has on the world, I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with the talented people who take on the aerospace industry’s most difficult problems,” said Hyslop. “That’s what engineers do. We solve problems. We happily accept challenges and find solutions that change the world.  I will always be proud to call myself a Boeing Engineer.”

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