John O’Leary is the Vice President of Engineering at Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc. and has been with the company since its inception in Wichita, Kansas 14 years ago. He’s been in his current position since August 2010.

Prior to joining Airbus, John attended the United States Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Wichita State University graduating with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering, and his MBA. Following graduation from the US Naval Academy in 1983 he spent 12 years in the Marine Corps as a Naval Flight Officer in EA-6B Prowlers, achieving the rank of Major before settling in Wichita. John also spent nine years in engineering and program management at Beechcraft supporting various production and new aircraft development programs.

In the US, Airbus Americas Engineering has over 500 employees split between two offices; one in Wichita, Kansas and the other in Mobile, Alabama. The Wichita office is engaged in aerostructures design and analysis of aircraft primary structure such as wings and fuselages for all major Airbus products. The Mobile, Alabama office is engaged in the design of cabin interiors and systems for the entire range of Airbus products from the early stages of development through production support, and onwards to aftermarket upgrades and cabin reconfigurations.

John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority (WATC), the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, the Wichita Aero Club, and as Chairman of the Board for United Way of the Plains. He’s also involved in the Greater Wichita Partnership initiative and serves as the Chair of the Wichita Aero Club Education Committee and the WATC Finance Committee. John and his wife Laurie live in Benton, KS and have two grown sons.

With a team of more than 55,000 people, Airbus manufactures the most modern and eco-efficient family of airliners available, ranging from 100 to over 500 seats. In addition to assembly lines in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany and Tianjin, China; production at Airbus' first U.S. manufacturing facility is underway in Mobile, Alabama. Doing business in more than 40 states, Airbus has spent more than $170 billion in the U.S. since 1990 – $15.9 billion in 2014 alone, supporting more than 260,000 American jobs.