Kim Smith, vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication, oversees the global operation of 12 manufacturing sites and more than 15,000 employees who produce components for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In addition, Smith is Boeing’s business leader for additive manufacturing, overseeing the company’s implementation strategy for 3D-printing capabilities.
Boeing Fabrication is the largest supplier to Commercial Airplanes. Its operations are dedicated to engineering and manufacturing composite, metal, electrical and interior aerospace parts, tools and assemblies at facilities located in five U.S. states (Montana, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington State), Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Named to her current role in June 2017, Smith has also held leadership positions in Boeing’s Corporate and Defense, Space & Security organizations as well in Commercial Airplanes. From 2014 to 2017, Smith served as vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs and Boeing’s senior site executive in Mesa, Ariz. There, she led more than 3,800 employees who design, produce and support AH-64 Apache and AH-6 Little Bird helicopters for U.S. Army and defense forces from several countries.
From late 2011 to early 2014, Smith served as vice president of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), the enterprise team that oversees efforts to improve on-site safety and reduce the environmental impact of Boeing operations. Under her leadership, EHS launched “Go for Zero,” a program that has significantly improved Boeing’s workplace safety performance.
Smith also served as a director in the Commercial Airplanes’ supply chain organization, responsible for contracting, performance and strategy development with Boeing’s largest external supplier, Spirit AeroSystems. She joined Boeing in 1997 as a production engineer, then held key positions in Fabrication, Airplane Programs, Quality, and Manufacturing Research and Development for the 737 and 757 programs.
Smith’s leadership experience outside of Boeing includes serving as plant manager at GKN Sinter Metals, where she had profit-and-loss responsibility and was accountable for manufacturing, quality, engineering, supply chain, facilities and finance.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and an Executive Master of Business Administration and Leadership Certificate from Seattle University. In 2017, she received the Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Knight of the Honorable Order of St. Michael Award. Smith serves on the Michigan State University Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.