Boeing Australia leader honoured for outstanding contributions to aerospace
Phantom Works International COO receives A18 Airspace Award
April 19, 2018
Boeing Phantom Works International Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jane Hunter has been honoured at the A18 Airspace Awards, receiving the Outstanding Contribution to the Aviation / Aerospace Sectors – Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia award.
The award recognised the critical role Jane has played in the advancement of aerospace technologies and innovative capability development in Australia.
As COO, Jane is responsible for the project portfolio and business operations of Boeing’s advanced prototyping and development business in Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. Jane is also a Company Director of Brisbane-based Boeing Defence Australia, where Phantom Works International is headquartered.
The success of technology developed within Jane’s Australian project portfolio was a major contributor to Boeing’s decision to establish the company’s first self-funded R&D program outside of the United States in Australia. Boeing now invests more than $47 million per year in Australian R&D.
Director Phantom Works International Shane Arnott said the award is a testament to Jane’s highly-regarded standing as a transparent, respected and trusted leader within the aerospace industry.
“Jane is not only passionate about the advancement of Australian sovereign aerospace capability, she is dedicated to ensuring there is a diverse talent pipeline ready to support that capability well into the future,” said Arnott, “In addition to her dedication to mentoring women in the industry and public advocacy for women in aerospace, Jane consistently ensures our R&D programs engage Australian companies to build up local capability of small-to-medium enterprises.”
In 2017 alone, projects overseen by Jane engaged more than 100 Australian companies, giving them increased opportunity and access to Boeing’s global supply chain opportunities, while allowing them to grow and develop their own intellectual property where possible.
Boeing is committed to empowering women within the company and the broader aerospace community, and hopes Jane’s award will inspire more women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and explore a career with Boeing.
Hosted by Aviation / Aerospace Australia, the A18 Airspace Awards are presented to individuals, teams and companies who have demonstrated leadership and dedication to the aviation or aerospace sectors in Australia.