Eric John was named president of Boeing Korea and vice president of Boeing International in May 2014. He leads the Boeing strategy in Korea, developing and strengthening the company’s presence, managing business partnerships, and pursuing new growth and productivity initiatives. He is based in Seoul and reports to Marc Allen, president of Boeing International.
In December 2014, John was elected as a vice chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, where he actively engages in enhancing bilateral trade and developing a mutually beneficial business climate as well as leading the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) Innovation Council. John also serves as a vice chairman of the Korean-American Association.
John was a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service for 31 years. Before joining Boeing, he had been senior advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs since June 2013. In that role, he served as the principal coordinator of U.S. government policy on an array of international security agreements. Among these, he concluded landmark defense arrangements with the Philippines, Australia and Korea.
He previously served as the foreign policy advisor to the chief of staff of the Air Force from 2011 until June 2013. He was the U.S. ambassador to Thailand from 2007 through 2010. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for Southeast Asia.
John joined the Foreign Service in 1983 and worked extensively in East Asia. Of his three tours in Korea, one was as the minister counselor for political affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. He also served as the deputy director of Korean Affairs in Washington, D.C. His other tours include deputy principal officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; the Orderly Departure Program at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand; and the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
A native of Indiana, John is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. and holds a master’s degree in national security studies from the National War College in Washington, D.C. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and speaks Korean and Vietnamese.