Albert (Al) L. Winn leads the consulting company WINNing Strategies LLC. He provides business and technical services to aerospace companies. Al is a member of the Board of Directors for Grand Canyon Bank (proposed), a de novo Arizona Bank.
Al retired from Boeing on 1 October, 2010. His position at retirement was Vice President of Apache and AH-6 programs for The Boeing Company in Mesa, Ariz., home of the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter and a variety of military support programs. As the Boeing Vice President of the Apache and AH programs, Winn led the company’s global efforts to produce and sell the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter(s) to a growing number of customers around the world.
Winn, who joined the company in 1984, was named to his Vice President position in 2001. Prior to that, he was general manager with Rotorcraft Engineering, responsible for engineering support to the AH-64, CH-47 and V-22 programs. Prior to 1997 at McDonnell Douglas, Winn was vice president, Production, Engineering and Operations; vice president, Integrated Product Definition; vice president, Engineering; director, Apache Longbow Engineering; and manager LHX Technology, Flight Technology, Advanced Configuration Design, and AH-64 Product Definition.
Before joining the company, Winn held several engineering and executive positions within the U.S. Army Aviation Research and Development Command and the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command. He was responsible for engineering support of integration, design, and airworthiness qualification during the aircraft development cycle of major Army helicopter systems, including the AH-64 Apache, the UH-60 Blackhawk and the OH-58D Kiowa. He was the technical lead for the team that started the JVX, now called V-22 Osprey. He was responsible for the annual publication of the US Army Aviation RDT&E Plan, and also co-authored the first U.S. Army Aviation Modernization Plan.
Winn received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from California Polytechnic State University, a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in business administration from The New York Institute of Technology.
Winn is a member of the American Helicopter Society, the Association of United States Army, and the Army Aviation Association of America. He is the recipient of the Army Aviation Turk Award, and the Technical Director’s award for flight test excellence, the Department of Defense Meritorious Service medal, the McDonnell Douglas President’s Award, American Helicopter Society Fellow(Technical and Honorary), the United States Government Hammer Award, and the Army Aviation Association of America Order of St. Michael (Bronze and Gold).
In his service to the community and involvement with professional associations, Winn was/is affiliated as an advisor to the Department of Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University. Winn was also a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Business and Education Coalition as well as an advisory board member of Executive Service Corps of Maricopa.