Conner is vice chairman of The Boeing Company and a member of the Boeing Executive Council. 

In addition to his role as vice chairman, Conner had served as president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) until November 2016 when he announced his intention to retire at the end of 2017. He is working to ensure a smooth leadership transition of customer, supplier, community and government relationships, and continuity of operations and customer support. Conner also will provide strategic oversight and guidance for the company’s transition to a new, single integrated services business and remain involved in ongoing product development strategy at Commercial Airplanes.

As BCA president and CEO, he was responsible for delivering on a record backlog and overseeing the growth of its airplane programs and services. Boeing Commercial Airplanes accounts for more than 60 percent of Boeing’s total revenues and has nearly 12,000 commercial jetliners in service worldwide, which is roughly 75 percent of the world fleet.

Prior to that assignment, Conner had responsibility for leading Sales, Marketing and Commercial Aviation Services for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, having been appointed to the position in August 2011.

Conner joined the company in 1977 as a mechanic on the 727 program. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Puget Sound. Conner is a member of the board of directors for Johnson Controls, Inc.