Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, will be the keynote speaker on opening day of the third annual South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo.
Robinson-Berry, who in June assumed the top job at the aerospace firm’s North Charleston operation, reports to Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Boeing South Carolina’s airport campus is home to 787 Aftbody and Midbody Operations, 787 Final Assembly and Delivery operations, as well as an Engineering Design Center and IT Centers.
The campus also includes the Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina, Propulsion South Carolina, and a Boeing Research & Technology Center.
Previously, Robinson-Berry served as vice president of the Shared Services Group Supplier Management organization where she led the strategy, contracting, daily management and development of the supply chain providing more than $8 billion of non-production goods and services for Boeing.
The conference, which will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, will be held Aug. 24-25.
The event aims to connect industry, academia and government to showcase the Palmetto State’s growing aerospace cluster.
This year’s event will offer two program options for attendees: an industry track including a business-to-business networking event and presentations from industry, higher education and government leaders; and a research track featuring the technical symposium ACE’16 and the Advance Design Concepts and Practice Workshop, which is making its U.S. debut this year. The design workshop has previously been held in Europe and China.
The expo is organized by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, the McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research at the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission and the South Carolina Aviation Association.