Shanahan returned to Boeing and became director of final assembly for the 767 passenger jet before switching to the defense side of the business to work on military programs.
In a Seattle Times article last fall, a machinist described how Shanahan helped him solve a problem at an aircraft fabrication plant in Auburn, Wash., by walking him around the floor, introducing him to others who could help him.
"He tried to make everybody a partner," the machinist told the newspaper. "He was a heck of a leader."
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Who: Patrick Shanahan
Job: General manager,
787 Dreamliner program
Education: Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington; master's degrees in mechanical engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Residence: McLean, Va.; commutes to Seattle
Family: Married, with three children
Bedside reading: Digital photography magazines
Childhood idol: NFL quarterback Ken "The Snake" Stabler
Diet: Ample caffeine, vending machine food and Gummi Bears