Gena Lovett is the vice president of manufacturing, safety and quality for Defense, Space & Security. She sets the strategic direction for manufacturing for the business and leads BDS Operations, or the employees who build 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, Supply Chain 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, thereby delivering results that add value and contribute to Boeing's overall competitiveness.
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. She led the successful incorporation of diversity and inclusion as a business imperative with a set of measurable indicators that produced bottom-line business results. 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 of arts degree from The Ohio State University. She has a master's in international business and is beginning her Ph.D. studies in values-driven leadership in the spring of 2019. She is a trustee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and sits on the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation Board of Directors.