Board of Regents

Patrick (Pat) Shanahan

Patrick M. (Pat) Shanahan

Patrick Shanahan became Boeing senior vice president, Supply Chain & Operations in April 2016. He was responsible for oversight of the company’s manufacturing operations and supplier management functions, including implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies and global supply chain strategies. He also led Boeing’s Environmental Health and Safety and Intellectual Property Management organizations. A member of the Boeing Executive Council, Shanahan reported directly to Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg.

Shanahan came to this position from Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he served as senior vice president of Airplane Programs since December 2008. In this role he oversaw the management of profit and loss for the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 programs. In addition, Shanahan had overall responsibility for operations at Boeing’s principal manufacturing sites of Renton and Everett, Washington, and Charleston, South Carolina. This includes all aspects of engineering, delivery and regulatory compliance.

Prior to his current assignment, Shanahan served as vice president and general manager for multiple organizations within Boeing’s Commercial and Defense businesses, including the 787 Dreamliner program, Missile Defense Systems, Army Systems, and the 757 Program, respectively.

A Washington state native, Shanahan joined Boeing in 1986 and progressed through a number of diverse assignments, which included involvement in Computer Services and the Boeing 777 program.

Shanahan is a Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Fellow and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow. He participates in numerous professional and charitable organizations, including the Washington Roundtable.

Shanahan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and two advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

He is Chair of the Board of Regents for 2016-17.

  • Appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire from January 17, 2012 to September 30, 2016
  • Confirmed by Senate on March 7, 2012