Gena Lovett is the vice president of Operations for Defense, Space & Security. She sets the strategic direction for operations for the $30 billion business and leads the nearly 10,000 employees who manufacture Boeing’s range of defense and space products. Since joining the company in 2015, Lovett has worked to streamline and standardize how BDS builds its products and how Operations coordinates with other divisions, including Engineering, Supplier Management and Environment, Health and Safety. Under her direction, BDS Operations is focused on developing a high-performance culture that empowers employees to prevent problems and innovate improvements that will enable the organization to achieve manufacturing excellence.
Lovett also serves as deputy leader of the Boeing Operations Leadership Team (BOLT). The BOLT is responsible for encouraging the use of common metrics, systems and processes, as well as the replication of best practices throughout Boeing.
She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in manufacturing and operations. Before joining Boeing, Lovett was chief diversity officer for Alcoa, where she was responsible for cultivating a work environment that encouraged and supported diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization. Under her leadership, Alcoa won the 2013 Catalyst Award and the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Award.
Prior to this, as Alcoa’s director of manufacturing Lovett led the successful turnaround of a historically underperforming operation. Under her direction safety improved almost 80 percent, on-time delivery rose 50 percent, productivity grew 45 percent and employee engagement increased 24 percent.
Lovett spent the previous 15 years in progressively demanding manufacturing roles with Ford Motor Co. Her last assignment at Ford was plant manager of Prototype Operations.
She has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from The Ohio State University and a master’s in international business from Baker College’s Center for Graduate Studies. Lovett serves on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.