Director – appointed February 2014
Maureen Dougherty was named President of Boeing Australia & South Pacific in February 2014. She is the senior company leader in the Oceania region and coordinates all Boeing activities, leads government relations and directs the implementation of Boeing’s strategy to expand its local presence and grow the business. Dougherty is based in Sydney, Australia, and reports to Shep Hill, president of Boeing International and senior vice president of Business Development and Strategy. Previously, Dougherty served as vice president and program manager for the KC-46A Tanker program, a program within Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s Boeing Military Aircraft business unit. In this role, she led multiple Boeing teams in the design and development of the KC-46A, the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refuelling tanker. Before this assignment, Dougherty served as vice president and program manager, Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C). She also served as vice president for the F-22 program, an advanced tactical fighter jointly built by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Throughout her 30-year career, Dougherty has held a variety of engineering and program leadership positions on missile, fighter, bomber and military commercial derivative aircraft programs. She has a broad technical background in structures, avionics, systems and test engineering and has managed programs through development, production and sustainment.
Dougherty is a member of the Business Council of Australia, President of The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia and sits on the President’s Council of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She earned her master’s degree in engineering from the University of Washington, where she studied as a Boeing Company Systems Engineering Fellow. She received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Director - appointed 20 August 2014
Gabe Rosenthal is Regional Legal Counsel for all Boeing matters in Southeast Asia and Australia. He commenced this position in July 2014, and is responsible for the lawyers and legal advice provided in this region, including serving as the primary attorney to Boeing Australia Holdings, Boeing Aerostructures Australia, Boeing Defense Australia, and Boeing Singapore, among other entities in the region. Previously, Rosenthal served various roles within the BCA Law Department supporting Airplane Programs and Supply Chain, including stints on the 787 Leadership Team and BCA Supplier Management Leadership Team. Before joining BCA Law, Rosenthal was an attorney in the Shared Services Group Law Department, where he was extensively involved in the initial set-up of the Boeing South Carolina site. Rosenthal holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and math from Claremont McKenna College and a juris doctorate from University of Washington School of Law. Prior to joining Boeing, Rosenthal was a partner in a private law firm in Seattle, Washington where he worked for 12 years.
Director-appointed 20 August 2014
Michael Hipwood was appointed Regional Finance Leader for Southeast Asia and Australia in December 2013. Hipwood is also the Chief Financial Officer for Boeing Defence Australia, leading all financial, contractual and business management operations. He joined Boeing in June 2012 from global IT firm Mincom where he was the Chief Financial Officer and General Manager of Finance and prior to this was the Chief Financial Officer at Queensland Government-owned corporation LinkWater. From 2001 to 2007, Hipwood served as the Corporate Accountant, Treasurer and Tax Manager at the Brisbane Airport Corporation. Hipwood was appointed to the Boeing Australia Holdings Board in August 2014 and holds a Master of Business Administration amongst other tertiary qualifications. He is currently studying a Master of Aviation Management.
Director-appointed 20 August 2014
Jenette Ramos was named vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication in April 2014. Fabrication is a worldwide operation of more than 17,000 employees that serves as the largest supplier to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, Ramos leads operations at 11 sites that are dedicated to engineering and manufacturing composite, metal, electrical and interior aerospace parts, tools and assemblies. Prior to her current assignment, Ramos was vice president, Supply Chain Management, for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Previously, Ramos has served various roles at The Boeing Company since she joined in 1988, which includes Business Operations for Boeing Fabrication, general manager of Boeing Portland in Gresham, Ore and director of Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures. Ramos is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. She earned a master's degree in business from Seattle Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University.
David Neil Crouch
Director-appointed 20 April 2008
David Crouch is Managing Director of Aviall Australia Pty Limited and Aviall New Zealand Pty Limited. Aviall is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and is one of the world’s largest providers of new aviation parts and related aftermarket operations. Crouch oversees the Australian and New Zealand operations of Aviall, which has facilities in Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland. He joined Aviall in 1998 and was appointed a Director of the company in November 2003. Boeing acquired Aviall in September 2006. Crouch graduated from the University of Ballarat and is a Chartered Accountant and CPA. Prior to joining Aviall he was a partner at Peat Marwick, which shortly after that time merged to form KPMG.
Michael W. Dickinson
Managing Director, Boeing Aerostructures Australia
Mike Dickinson is managing director of Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA). He is responsible for leading design and manufacturing operations that produce airplane components for the 787 Dreamliner and other Boeing commercial airplanes.
BAA employs more than 1,300 people at the Fishermans Bend site in Melbourne. The Boeing Fabrication business unit’s core capabilities cover research and development, design, test, fabrication and assembly of components using advanced composite materials. Primarily a producer of flight control surfaces, BAA is a the sole source supplier of the 787 moveable trailing edge, 737 aileron, 747 moveable leading edge, and 777 cove lip door, elevator and rudder.
Dickinson has held numerous leadership positions on the 787 program since 2003, including the 787 director of Manufacturing & Quality, and the director of Supplier Management for the Wing & Gear Lifecycle Product Team, and the director of Supplier Management for Boeing in Israel.
Prior to work on the 787 program, Dickinson held various management positions with the Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology Development organizations on the 757, 767, Sonic Cruiser airplane programs; he was a tool design engineer on the 777 and on the B-2 programs.
Dickinson graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Industrial Management. He later received a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Andrew John Duggan
Director - appointed 8 December 2010
Andrew Duggan has been the Managing Director Insitu Pacific Australia since July 2009. Prior to this he was the Senior Manager Unmanned Systems Operations managing Boeing Defence Australia’s Unmanned Systems focused business from January 2007 through to the transition to Insitu Pacific in 2009. Duggan joined Boeing Australia in 2000 and served initially as an Operations Analyst in the System Analysis Laboratory working on projects such as Air 87 (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter) , Air 6000 (Replacement Fighter) and Sea 4000 (Air Warfare Destroyer). Duggan then moved into a Business Development Manager role and worked on JP-129 (Tactical UAS) and as Capture Team Lead on AATTS (Rotary Wing Training) before forming the new Advanced Unmanned Systems group in 2005, where he led the development of the initial ScanEagle contract for the Australian Army. After the initial contract for ScanEagle was signed in October 2006, Duggan was appointed Senior Manager Unmanned Systems Operations in 2007 to manage BDA’s Unmanned Systems focused business. He has an excellent background in the development and analysis of requirements related to Unmanned Aerial Systems. Duggan graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Economics and then from the Royal Military College, Duntroon as an Australian Army Officer. He spent six years serving in the Australian Army in Intelligence Corps with a significant portion of this time spent serving in Electronic Warfare roles.
Director-appointed 14 September 2011
Kim Gillis is vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia. In this role, Gillis is responsible for all Boeing Defence Australia businesses and functions at the organisation’s 15 sites across the country and four international locations. His duties include the establishment and execution of new and existing programs, achieving corporate objectives, and implementing corporate strategies that position Boeing’s defence activities in Australia for continued success. Gillis joined Boeing in 2010 as chief operating officer of International Operations and Compliance for BDS. In 2011 Gillis was appointed Boeing Defence Australia’s chief operating officer. Prior to Boeing, Gillis was general manager systems for the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). Gillis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a major in legal studies from University of Canberra. He is a qualified Master Project Director (AIPM) and a Master Mariner. Gillis also is the founder and sponsor of Queensland University of Technology Executive Masters in Complex Project Management Program and International Centre for Complex Project Management.
Director-appointed 13 Feb 13
Keith Joshi was appointed to the role of Director, Jeppesen Australia in February 2013. Joshi has oversight for Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen’s Australian operations by offering customer focused and trusted navigational solutions to customers throughout the country. Joshi joined The Boeing Company in 1999 after the acquisition of Preston, which was then integrated to form Jeppesen Australia in 2005. Joshi’s experience in software development, including having responsibility for all software development within Jeppesen Australia has seen him provide technical assistance to a variety of Boeing programs. He has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Liverpool as well as a tertiary background in Mathematics and Physics.
Michael G Kramer
Director-appointed 15 May 2013
Matthew Robert Mackenzie
Director-appointed 8 December 2010
Matthew Mackenzie is the Senior Manager Campus Operations for Boeing’s Training & Flight Services business unit in Australia. He is responsible for Boeing’s flight training campuses located in Australia including the main centre in Brisbane, and the other centres located in Melbourne, Sydney and Williamtown. Mackenzie started his career in 1996 by joining the Royal Australian Air Force. He underwent training to become an Air Defence Officer and was thereafter posted to several ground based Control and Reporting Units in Australia. In 2003 he joined Boeing Defence Australia to assist in the development of the 737AEW&C Mission Crew and Flight Crew Training Programs and eventually led the Training Services Delivery Team for the follow-on through life support contract for Project Wedgetail. In 2010 Mackenzie was then selected to lead Boeing Training & Flight Services in Australia. Mackenzie has a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Computer Systems, and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS.
Sydney A. (Syd) Blocher, JR.
Director- appointed January 2014
Syd Blocher is Vice President Australia Business Development for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) in Canberra Australia. As the senior defence business development executive in the Oceania Region, he is responsible for developing new growth opportunities for BDS products and services. He also oversees senior defence customer engagements and relationships for Boeing’s defence programs in Australia and leads business development and strategy for Boeing’s subsidiary, Boeing Defence Australia (BDA). Blocher joined Boeing in 1998 as manager of Business Development within Space and Communications and since that time, he has held a number of senior positions at Boeing Network and Space Systems, Argon ST, Boeing Electronic and Missions Systems divisions and BDS in Washington DC. Blocher holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering and a Bachelor of Science in physics, both from the University of New Mexico. In addition, he holds an acquisition certification from the Defense Acquisition University and is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Director-appointed 13 February 2013