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 including Angola, South Africa, Réunion and Mozambique. He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and reports to both Marc Allen, president of Boeing International and to Van Rex Gallard, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ vice president of Sales for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Santos has been with Boeing for nearly 40 years. He began his career in 1978 as an engineer and scientist at Douglas Aircraft Company. In 1984, he joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes and was assigned as area manager for Airline Analysis. He also served as an account manager and sales program manager for Africa Sales. His experience also includes positions as manager of 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.