Valerie Manning holds the role of senior vice president of Customer Support within
Airbus Customer Services, based in Toulouse, France. Previously, Dr. Manning was
vice president and head of the Airbus Upgrade Services line of business, leading
sale, development and delivery of optional modifications to airframes, cabins, and
systems for the in-service Airbus fleet. A fifteen-year veteran of the Airbus Group, Dr.
Manning has served within Group headquarters and in North America. Dr Manning
has held roles as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and also consulted privately
in multidisciplinary optimization and supersonic aircraft design. An active instrument-
rated pilot, Dr. Manning graduated from Princeton University with a B.S in mechanical
and aerospace engineering, and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics
and astronautics from Stanford. Dr. Manning began her career as an officer in the
United States Air Force, and currently serves actively in the USAF reserves.