Executive Biography of David M. Koopersmith

David M. Koopersmith

David M. Koopersmith
Vice President and General Manager,
Vertical Lift Division
Senior Site Executive, Boeing Philadelphia
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Dave Koopersmith is vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift, a division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), and the senior site executive for Boeing Philadelphia. He is a member of the BDS leadership team.

In this role Koopersmith oversees facilities in Pennsylvania as well as Arizona, and is responsible for business growth and program execution for a portfolio of cargo, tiltrotor, attack, and future vertical lift rotorcraft, including the AH-64 Apache, H-47 Chinook, AH-6 Little Bird, V-22 Osprey and SB>1 Defiant. Koopersmith, a team of more than 8,000 employees, and an international network of suppliers and partners, are focused on advancing rotorcraft technology to meet the current and future needs of customers around the globe.

Prior to this position, Koopersmith was vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs, program manager for AH-64 Apache and AH-6i Light Attack/Reconnaissance helicopters and Boeing senior site executive in Mesa, Ariz.

Previously, Koopersmith was vice president of Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft, a business element of Boeing Phantom Works. His earlier assignments include vice president and program manager of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (JUCAS) program, managing all aspects of the X-45A and X-45C programs for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy customers as well as X-45N variants for the U.S. Navy.

Koopersmith has more than 40 years experience at Boeing in program management, engineering, and business development, as well as production experience on military aircraft programs including the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program, the AV-8B Harrier II, and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. During his F/A-18E/F assignment, he received the Excellence in Acquisition Award from the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft (TACAIR).

Koopersmith holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a graduate of the Boeing Executive Development Program.

He is a member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) and was the 2017 chairman of the board of AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society. Koopersmith also serves on the board of the Urban League of Philadelphia.