João Miguel Santos
Boeing International, Sub-Sahara Africa
J. Miguel Santos directs Boeing activities in all African countries except the Maghreb countries in Northern Africa. He manages Boeing relationships with government entities, customers, suppliers, business partners and other stakeholders; seeks mutually beneficial partnerships and business opportunities for Boeing; and supports the activities of Boeing business units in Africa. He also serves as Boeing Commercial Airplanes sales director for all Southern Africa countries includingAngola, South Africa, Réunion and Mozambique.He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and reports to both Marc Allen, president of Boeing International and to Marty Bentrott, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ senior vice president of Sales for Africa, Middle East, Russia, Turkey and CIS.
Santos has been with Boeing for nearly 40 years. Hebegan his career in 1979 as an engineer and scientist at Douglas Aircraft Company.In 1984, he joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes and was assigned asarea manager for Airline Analysis. He alsoserved as an account manager and sales program manager for Africa Sales. His experience also includes positions as managerof 747/767 Sales Support Engineering,747/767 marketing manager for Asia and manager of the 767FX/747FX and 747-500X/-600X Marketing Requirements programs.He was director of International Sales, first responsible for Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan in Asia; Cabo Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe,Angola, Mozambique and Mauritius in Africa;and later for South Africa and the rest of the Southern Africa Development Community countries.
Santos earned Bachelor of Sciencedegrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and geological sciences from the University of Washington, an MBA from Pepperdine University, a master’s degree in naval command and staff from the Naval War College and aMaster of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Lisbon. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and Joint Forces Staff College.
Santos holds the rank of commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, now retired. He began his military career in 1984 as a DC-9 maintenance mechanic. In 1987, he was commissioned as an officer.Heheld positions in various engineering units, such as the Naval Air Systems Command, and in force squadrons as line division officer,quality control officer,maintenance officer,training officer, andassistant program manager for Aircraft Maintenance Programs and Policies. He has received two Navy Achievement Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, and was named Reserve Officer of the Year in 1999.
Santos is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauticsin the US and a chartered engineer (CEng) in the U.K. He is a member of the RAeS Air Transportation Board in the United Kingdom, was a member of the Export-Import Bank’s Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee,a member of the board of the Corporate Council on Africaand a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa.Recently invited to become a member of the Industry Engineering Advisory Council at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hehas lectured at Cranfield University and variousRAeS branches.
An American who was born in Portugal and raised in Angola, Santos speaks Portuguese, French and Spanish and he reads and understands Italian.