John Bade, PhD


John Bade is the Program Manager supporting the Defense Logistics Agency. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of DLA support programs, including including profit/loss, execution and growth. Previous to this current position, he was the Director, Strategy Development for Global Services & Support within Defense, Space & Security. In this position, Bade led strategic development, market studies, business plans, mergers and acquisitions, and competitive assessments for the $9B Global Services & Support business. Prior to his current position, he led Sales and Marketing for a $5B per year business (international and domestic). Since joining Boeing in 1988, Bade has worked in a wide variety of leadership positions with increasing responsibility in Engineering, Quality, Supplier Management, Product Support, Program Management and Business Development. Bade has held several international program management assignments working in Japan, Italy and the United Arab Emirates. Previously, Bade has worked numerous process improvements, strategic plans, integration activities and performance improvements. He has conducted numerous improvement projects as a “Quality Navigator” to help reduce cycle time, improve quality and reduce cost. Bade holds bachelors and masters degrees in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He continued his education at Saint Louis University obtaining his master’s of business administration and completed his PhD. in Engineering Management at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Bade teaches evening graduate courses at the University of Missouri-Rolla and Washington University in Saint Louis in Strategic Management, Technology, Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control, Taguchi, Project Management and Total Quality Management.  

BS in Engineering Management (Eng. Mgt.) with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering in 1985, and a MS in Eng. Mgt. in 1987 at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He continued his education at St. Louis University by obtaining an MBA in 1991, and completing his PhD. in Eng. Mgt. at Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1998.

Academic Activity
John teaches evening graduate classes at Missouri University of Science and Technology and Washington University. John teaches classes in the areas of Strategic Management, Technology, Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control, Taguchi, and Total Quality Management. He also has areas of interest in, Program Management, Leadership, Production, Supportability/Logistics and International Business. John has also instructed courses at the Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis.

Industry Experience
John has worked in a variety of positions of increase responsibility at Boeing since 1988, supporting areas such as: Product Support, Engineering, Quality, Supplier Management and Program Management. In these positions, he has worked with numerous programs and customers. John’s most recent assignment is the Program Manager for the Japan 767 Tanker Program. Previously John was the Program Manager for the United Arab Emirates 767 Tanker program, and assigned to the President of Military Aerospace Support working process improvements, strategic plans, integration activities, and performance improvements. John has conducted numerous improvement activities to help reduce cycle time, improve quality and reduce cost.

He spends his weekends having fun with his family, fishing, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.


2013 – Present, DLA Program Manager

Responsible for supporting the Defense Logistics Agency customer in the execution and growth of the business. Partnered with DLA to transformationally change the business model for working together, focused on enhanced affordability and improved readiness. Signed initial contract in November, and will add incremental phases to the contract in 2014. Initiated Depot support for the DLA customer that will greatly expand the business and continue to strengthen the long term DLA partnership.

2008 – 2013, Boeing Director Strategic Management & Business Capture

Led the strategy development and direction for a $9B annually Support Business, and integrated strategies across the $32B defense business, and $65B enterprise. Developed Market Forecast, led the acquisition of 4 companies, and performed Market Studies to enter adjacent markets. Developed Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances to support business growth and develop new customers. Focused on internal and external market factors to develop a robust strategic path forward. Served on the Executive Leadership Teams for: Global Services & Support and Strategy Team.

2006 – 2008, Boeing Director – Business Development, Integrated Logistics

Lead a Business Development organization in marketing and sales, responsible for $6B annual sales with double digit profit margins, while aggressively managing resources. Catalyst in formulating new ideas for expanding and improving Boeing’s global services organization. Developed domestic and international campaign strategies to win new contracts and specific price targets.

2003 - 2005, Boeing, Program Manager – Japan 767 Tanker

Performed Program Management duties including: developing program plans, responsible for program execution and business performance for 4 aircraft and associated support, with a business base approximately $1 Billion Dollars. Over 30 trips to Japan to coordinate with the customer.

2002 - 2003, Boeing, Program Manager – United Arab Emirates 767 Tanker

Performed Program Management duties and developed country strategies to support the customer. Monitored competitive movements, developed customer relationships, and develop an understanding the Arabic culture, language, customs and politics. Value of program approximately $700 Million.

2000 - 2002, Boeing, Manager – Analysis and Integration

Worked business activities associated with the Office of the President of Aerospace Support. Conducted regular review, and led several initiatives associated with Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and coordinated business results.

2000 - 2001, Boeing, Executive Assistant

Selected as the Executive Assistant to the President of Military Aerospace Support as a developmental position. Coordinate and develop various briefs for senior management within the Boeing Company, coordinate various reviews.

1997 - 2000, Boeing, Quality Navigator Program

Selected to participate in the initial deployment of the Quality Navigator (similar to the General Electric “Black Belt” Program) program. Participated as a member of the Aerospace Support Leadership Team (20 person executive team overseeing 15,000 employees worldwide). Led teams through change processes, and became a change agent for the enterprise as an internal consultant. Projects include: increasing the production rates, decreasing facilities requirements by 60%, decreasing the production cycle time by 50%, reducing defects by 90% (total results for 1999 = 54% reduction in defects, 32% reduction in cycle time. 2000 and 2001 results are very similar). Worked with approximately 125 project teams and team leaders, in 10 locations, with cost savings with these projects exceeded $110 million over 5 year span.

1998 - Present, Adjunct Associate Professor – University of Missouri – Rolla & Washington University (St. Louis MO)

Instructed numerous graduate level classes including; Statistical Process Control (SPC), Engineering Management, Quality Engineering, Advanced Topics in Quality Assurance, Total Quality Management (TQM), Principles of Strategic Planning, Strategic Management of Technology, Project Management, International Project Management, Entrepreneurial class . Instructed courses at the Boeing Leadership Center, and special class at Notre Dame.

1997, Senior Specialist at McDonnell Douglas

Perform work in Quality Integration staff group. Worked on quality issues and corporate quality initiatives as they relate to the organization from a functional core perspective.

1996 - 1997, International Programs

Joined the Swiss F/A-18 team as the rework and repair coordinator. Developed the unique processes and procedures required to juggle over 100 repair and rework issues on the Swiss aircraft (32 aircraft). Coordinated $6 million wing repair and rework effort. Directed activity of 7 team members. Provided engineering and technical support for the Switzerland manufacturing line.

1988 - 1996, Senior Specialist at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft

Worked in Engineering, Product Support, and Supply Chain Management in various Analyst positions.


1985 BS Engineering Management, University of Missouri - Rolla Mechanical Engineering Preference, Communications Minor

1987 MS Engineering Management, University of Missouri - Rolla

1991 MBA, St. Louis University

1998 Ph.D. Engineering Management, University of Missouri – Rolla University of Missouri Rolla (now Missouri University Science and Technology)