Kim Smith is vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication. Fabrication is a worldwide operation of more than 15,000 employees that serves as the largest supplier to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, Smith leads operations at 12 sites dedicated to engineering and manufacturing composite, metal, electrical and interior aerospace parts, tools and assemblies. With headquarters in Auburn, Wash., Boeing Fabrication operates parts and manufacturing plants in:
- Melbourne, Australia
- Winnipeg, Canada
- Sheffield, United Kingdom
- Five states in the U.S.
- Washington: Auburn, Everett, Frederickson, Renton, and Seattle
- Montana: Helena
- South Carolina: North Charleston and Ladson
- Oregon: Portland
- Utah: Salt Lake City and West Jordan
Prior to this assignment, Smith held leadership positions in Corporate, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Boeing Defense, Space and Systems. Her most recent assignment was in the Boeing Military Aircraft business as vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs and senior site executive for The Boeing Company in Mesa, Ariz. There she led more than 3,800 Boeing employees who design, produce and support AH-64 Apache and AH-6 Little Bird helicopters for the U.S. Army and defense forces from countries around the globe. During her tenure in Mesa, she saw the team through development, contract award and delivery for the AH-6i Little Bird; flight test for the Mission-Enhanced Little Bird; the Apache E-model development, fielding and first multi-year contract award; and a joint venture in India.
From late 2011 to early 2014, Smith served as Boeing vice president of Environment, Health and Safety. Under her leadership, Boeing launched the workplace safety campaign known as Go for Zero, which resulted in a 25 percent improvement in Boeing’s workplace safety performance. She also led Boeing in an effort that significantly reduced emissions, energy use and water consumption while increasing deliveries of aircraft by more than 50 percent.
Between 2009 and 2011, Smith was a director in the Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management organization, responsible for contracting, performance and strategy development involving Spirit Aerosystems, a major supplier that produces all Boeing 737 fuselages as well as structural components for 747, 767, 777 and 787 airplanes.
In 1997, Smith originally joined Boeing as a production engineer, and she held a number of key positions in BCA Fabrication, Airplane Programs and Quality; as well as Manufacturing Research and Development on the 737 and 757 Programs.
Smith held positions at GKN Sinter Metals. As plant manager, she had profit and loss responsibility for the business, and was accountable for manufacturing, quality, engineering, supply chain, facilities and finance.
While at Michigan State University, Smith earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. She also earned an Executive MBA and Leadership Certificate from Seattle University. Smith serves on Michigan State University’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.