Dream Career: A Work of Art

By Jerry Verghese

July 2015

A Boeing 747, drawn by the author at age 9.


As a 4-year-old, I took my first international flight in the early 1970s on Swissair to Singapore from Bombay (now called Mumbai). That trip inspired my lifelong fascination with airplanes and travel.

I've been fortunate to have lived, been educated and worked in cities such as Bombay, Bangalore, Jakarta, Daytona Beach, Chicago, Atlanta and now Seattle. My interest in companies that "connect the world" shaped my choices and a career that has included working for the world's largest airline, the world's largest aircraft manufacturer, and a global leader in logistics and transportation solutions.

When I was about 9 years old I drew a picture of my favorite airplane, the 747 "Queen of the Skies." I made my best attempt to stay true to the slanted Boeing Stratotype font, perhaps an early sign I was destined to work in the field of brand marketing.

My childhood interest with airplanes and flight is certainly nothing unique at Boeing, where I now have that role. Despite my numerous moves, this picture has never made the "throw" pile. It serves as a constant reminder of that childhood fascination and the realization that I do have my dream job.