2018 Engineering Leader of the YearCharles “Chuck” Dabundo

Vice President, Cargo Helicopter Programs, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Chuck Dabundo is the Vice President / Program Manager of Cargo Helicopter Programs at the Boeing Company. In this role, he leads production and modernization efforts for U.S. Army and Special Operations Forces Chinook programs, which include the CH-47F and MH-47G, along with international Chinook programs in 20 countries.

Charles 'Chuck' Dabundo
Charles “Chuck” Dabundo

Prior to this role, Chuck served as the Vice President / Chief Engineer for Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA), where he led engineering across all BMA platforms - including rotorcraft, fighters, commercial derivatives, unmanned aircraft and weapons.

Previously, Dabundo was Vice President and Program Manager for the P-8 Program, including the P-8A Poseidon for the U.S. Navy and the P-8I for the Indian Navy. There, he was responsible for the development, production and delivery of the 737-based multi-mission airplane designed to conduct long-range Anti-Submarine Warfare and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ASWISR).

Dabundo also served as the V-22 Osprey Chief Engineer during the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) and initial production phases of the program.

Dabundo has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University (1984), and a Master of Science in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from Princeton University (1988). He is on the board of the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC), and a member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the American Helicopter Society (AHS).

He is married to Kathy Dabundo, and they have 4 children, Jeff, Mark, Scott, and Laura.