Executive Biography of Karl E. Jeppesen

Karl E. Jeppesen

Karl E. Jeppesen
Vice President, Supply Chain
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Karl Jeppesen is the vice president of Supply Chain for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), based in St. Louis. In this role, he leads an organization of more than 2,000 employees that manages the annual purchase of $11 billion in products and services. He is responsible for all procurement matters, including policymaking, subcontract oversight and process improvement. The organization focuses on improving supplier performance and relationships, while providing the best value for customers and a competitive advantage for Boeing.

Previously, Jeppesen served as vice president of Supplier Management for BDS Development where he worked to ensure that the supplier base and Boeing team were both delivering solid performance on current and future development programs.

Prior to that, Jeppesen served as vice president of Procurement Contracting and Risk Management, where he worked with programs to oversee BDS procurement strategies and pricing policy for proper risk management on all U.S. government, international and commercial subcontracts and agreements. His responsibilities included ensuring subcontracting policy compliance and procurement obligations and liabilities.

In his career with Boeing, Jeppesen also served as director of Supplier Management for BDS Phantom Works and director of Supplier Management for BDS Support Systems. He was responsible for leading the development of procurement strategies and contracting and pricing policies for business pursuits that extended Boeing’s defense and security market presence.

Jeppesen has nearly three decades of experience in supplier management across the aerospace industry. Previously, Jeppesen served as the director of Material for Integrated Systems while at Northrop Grumman, and worked at Hughes Aircraft Co., where his responsibilities included master scheduling, material requirements and cost/price analysis.

Jeppesen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.