BOEING - Rhodri Thomas
Director of New Product Strategy and Requirements
Rhodri graduated from Embry-Riddle University with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and the University of Washington, where he received a Master’s in Business.
He began his aviation career in heavy airframe maintenance working mostly on 727 and 757’s at Goodrich (Tramco) in Everett WA. He was hired by Boeing and contributed to the development of the 777 long range models. He then moved to New Airplane Product Development where he worked on a concept that would become the 787 Dreamliner. With the launch of the 787 Rhodri moved into business strategy, with specific focus on customer and market requirements. He developed business environment models to simulate and predict swings in demand to assist in production planning and near-term business forecasts.
Rhodri was then selected to lead the Advanced Projects and Strategic Analysis group in the Product Strategy where he worked on requirements for future airplane families like 737 MAX. In 2014, he moved to Supplier Management to lead the Supply Chain Strategy and Development organization.
A Seattle native, he is a dual citizen of the UK. He enjoys many forms of transportation including running, snowshoeing, sailing, skateboarding, any and all types of bicycling, rally driving and motorcycle adventure riding.