Wyse takes reins from Jones at S.C. 787 plant


Beverly Wyse, who has led Boeing Co.’s 737 program in Washington state for the past four years, is taking over the top management spot at the North Charleston Dreamliner campus.

The company announced Tuesday that Wyse immediately takes over as vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina from Jack Jones, who is retiring.

Jones will stay with the North Charleston plant until May to help with the transition to new leadership.

“This was a bittersweet decision for me,” Jones, 59, said in an email to employees. “I’m overjoyed to spend more time with my wife, Karen, who retired from Boeing just last year, and do the things that we’ve talked many years of being able to do when we hit this stage in our lives. The other part of me is saddened to be leaving such an incredibly well-respected, successful corporation.”

Wyse takes over leadership of Boeing’s operations and facilities in North Charleston, where the company assembles the 787-8 and 787-9. It also will be the sole production facility for the 787-10, the largest and most fuel-efficient Dreamliner.

Previously, Wyse was vice president and general manager of Boeing’s 767 program in Renton, Wash.

Pat Shanahan, senior vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said Jones “has done an outstanding job leading BSC, ramping up and sustaining production, ... expanding the site’s capabilities and making Boeing an integral part of the South Carolina community.”

Before taking over the North Charleston plant, Jones was vice president of the Everett, Wash., delivery center, overseeing airplane-on-ground, paint, preflight and delivery operations for the Boeing wide-body models assembled outside Seattle.

Jones started his career with Boeing as an industrial engineer in 1980 and spent time on several commercial and military programs, including the B-2 stealth bomber and Air Force One.

In an email to employees, Jones said retirement was “a hard decision for me, especially at a time when BSC is operating at an all-time high, firing on all cylinders and proving to our early skeptics that we are truly Boeing strong.”

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