John retired from the Boeing Company in November of 2017. Since that time he has been working with
various groups and suppliers in an advisory capacity, focusing on supply chain strategy and operational efficiencies. Additional activities have included serving on the Boards of Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing (CAM) and Daher North America and he is currently the Chairman of the Board for STS Metals and on the Advisory Board for Advisory Aerospace.
John joined Boeing in 1987 as a quality engineer at the company’s Fabrication Division in Auburn, WA, following five years of work with the United States Department of the Navy. He held a variety of quality, manufacturing and leadership assignments across the Fabrication Division. In 2001, John was named the director of the Machine Parts Manufacturing Business unit, which produced complex machined parts and assemblies for Boeing’s single- and twin-aisle commercial airplanes. John’s next assignment was the Director of Business Operations and Supply Chain Management for the Fabrication Division.
John transitioned from operations to Supplier Management in the spring of 2003. His first assignment was leader of raw materials and purchased outside production; two years later standards were added to his responsibilities. From June of 2011, John served as Vice President of Aircraft Materials and Structures for Boeing Commercial Airplanes’. Byrne was responsible for the purchase of raw materials, standards, fabricated parts, assemblies and major structures for all commercial airplane programs.
Additional responsibilities included managing Ural Boeing Manufacturing, a Boeing joint venture, located in Russia, focused on titanium machining.
John is serving as a Trustee for the Washington State University Foundation.
Raised in Spokane, Wash; Byrne received a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from Washington State University. John lives in Spokane, Wash.