Changes come to Boeing SC site for move into the future

Published: Jun. 9, 2016 at 5:58 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2016 at 9:58 PM EDT
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Beverly Wyse takes over as President, Shared Services, Office of Internal Governance and...
Beverly Wyse takes over as President, Shared Services, Office of Internal Governance and Administration (Source: Boeing SC)
Some Boeing employees are voting Thursday on unionization. (Source: WCSC)
Some Boeing employees are voting Thursday on unionization. (Source: WCSC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Changes in leadership and the 787 program at Boeing's North Charleston site will make way for the future of the company's South Carolina campus.

The Boeing Company announced Thursday Joan Robinson-Berry will take over the leadership of Boeing South Carolina (BSC), succeeding Beverly Wyse. Wyse was named president for the company's Shared Services Group (SSG), Boeing's multi-billion dollar operating unit that provides common internal services across the company's global enterprise.

Robinson-Berry was most recently the vice president of Supplier Manager for SSG, where she was responsible for the overall strategy, contracting, and development of non-production goods and services for the Boeing enterprise.

"I want to continue to make our products and services a lot more competitive and with this partnership [with Charleston County and North Charleston] we're going to do it," Robinson-Berry said.

"Joan has broad Boeing experience and is known as a strong advocate for employees, a results-oriented leader and a community builder," said Boeing Vice Chairman and Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "The South Carolina team and community have a true partner that will continue to strengthen Boeing's roots in the region."

Conner said Wyse's move to SSG will move the company towards being more efficient and competitive.

"With SSG touching every part of Boeing, Beverly's in-depth business unit knowledge, her extensive program management experience and her proven ability to successfully implement productivity initiatives will differentiate the company," he added.

Boeing also announced changes to further integrate the North Charleston site into the overall 787 program.

The 787 program will streamline the 787 production system under the current leadership of Mark Jenks, 787 program vice president and general manager.

"It's always been clear that there is one 787 program and one production system that encompasses operations in North Charleston and Everett, Washington," Conner said. "By more directly linking the reporting relationships we are further integrating BSC into the heart of the program and ensuring the goals and plans at each location are aligned."

"Mark is going to be spending a lot more time in South Carolina as part of that," Wyse said. "He will be fluid, back and forth between the two [sites]."

Wyse added the company is trying to get the best practices that were started at both sites and create a more seamless production.

"We build about three-fourths of the 787 here in Charleston," Wyse said. "So you're going to see that focus here in Charleston by Mark as we continue to improve the competitiveness of product, bring the 787-10 online, go to 14 a month. With all of those challenges, the focus is really going to be here in Charleston."

Spokeswoman, Elizabeth Merida, for Boeing SC said Wednesday there would be no changes in employment with these new changes.

"There's not going to be any impact on employees," Robinson-Berry said Thursday. "Same team, same group, but now they have a bigger team together from both the Everett and the site here locally."

Wyse adds while some areas have seen a reduction in the number of managers as part of streamlining effort, the objective is not to see a big reduction in the workforce.

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