Jones said his business degree and experience have provided the practical and analytical skills necessary to ensure technologically sophisticated airplane manufacturing systems meet the highest standards of safety and efficiency.
"We will take business graduates and make them into industrial engineers," said Jones, who was hired at
Jones said the two major aspects of
"We have to know 100 percent of the time - guaranteed - that our airplanes will fly safely," Jones said. "If you have a problem with an airplane at 35,000 feet, people die."
Jones said he has experienced a turnaround in management styles at
"Everybody works as a team," he said. "There is much more collaboration. Diversity is very, very critical. We want all ideas and we work in diverse workgroups. There has been a shift from individual performance to cross-functional collaboration. It's gone from individual goals and rewards to shared goals and rewards."
Cross-functional collaboration is being embraced at
Jones presented a large memento with two scale models of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to
"In recognition of nearly 1,000
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