Executive Biography of Bill Schnettgoecke

Bill Schnettgoecke

Bill Schnettgoecke
Vice President, Operations
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Bill Schnettgoecke is vice president of Operations for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). He is responsible for the production of all fixed-wing tactical aircraft, tankers, transport aircraft, rotorcraft, satellites and weapon systems. In this role, he integrates work across the core Operations and Integrated Quality functions, and coordinates with other functions including Engineering and Environment, Health & Safety, to support BDS business success and provide value to BDS customers.

He served as leader of the Boeing Operations Leadership Team (BOLT) until April 2015. In this role he ensured enterprise Operations and Functional strategic alignment, and integration of Common Processes and Systems across Boeing.

Schnettgoecke also served as the vice president of Boeing's Lean+ initiative, one of three companywide initiatives to increase growth and improve productivity across all Boeing business units. In this position, which he held since inception in 2006 through 2014, Schnettgoecke was responsible for leading an integrated one-company approach to first-time quality and continuous improvement by deploying common processes, tools and training throughout the value chain. He has also served as senior St. Louis site executive, responsible for day-to-day St. Louis operations.

Previously, Schnettgoecke served as deputy, Operations and Supplier Management, and before that, vice president of Quality for Integrated Defense Systems (now BDS). In this role, he was responsible for ensuring that the appropriate people, processes and tools were in place to enable delivery of Boeing products and services and for building a culture of continuous improvement.

Throughout his career, Schnettgoecke has held various leadership positions in Operations and Quality for tactical aircraft programs. He started his career in 1978 as a production mechanic.

Schnettgoecke holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Sterling College and a master's degree from Washington University Olin School of Business.