Mark Jenks is vice president of the New Mid-Market Airplane (NMA) program at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role he will lead all aspects of the development program ranging from the business case to the definition of the production system, services offering and airplane configuration.
From 2014 through late 2017, Jenks served in a variety of 787 program leadership roles ultimately serving as vice president and general manager of the program. He led team that designed, built and delivered the 787 Dreamliner family of airplanes.
Earlier, Jenks was vice president of 787 Airplane Development, with responsibility for derivatives of the 787. In that role, he led the development of the 787-9, which was certified and delivered in June 2014, and the launch and definition of the 787-10, the third and longest member of the family.
Jenks had been part of the 787 family since its earliest days. He joined the Sonic Cruiser program in 2001 as director of Technology Integration, with responsibility for identifying and integrating all program requirements for advanced technology. From there, Jenks held a variety of key technical and leadership roles throughout the development of the 787, including leading the Wing, Empennage and Landing Gear lifecycle product team.
Before joining Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Jenks held several leadership roles within Boeing’s defense and space businesses. From 1996 to 2001, Jenks served in various program management positions in Huntsville, Alabama, for the International Space Station, including chief engineer and deputy program manager. His responsibilities included primary design, manufacturing and test responsibility for the major U.S. pressurized elements, including the Unity node and Destiny laboratory modules, the joint U.S. and Russian airlock and the common berthing mechanism, hatch and payload racks used throughout the station.
Before that, Jenks managed the Boeing Helicopters Division Developmental Center in Philadelphia. There, he was responsible for all developmental operations at the site, including the manufacture, assembly and test of Boeing’s portion of the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter and structural testing of the V-22 Osprey static test article.
Before taking responsibility for developmental operations, Jenks held positions in manufacturing technology, tool engineering, internal audit, project engineering and aerodynamics research. He joined Boeing in 1983.
Jenks earned master’s degrees in management and materials engineering through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Leaders for Manufacturing Program and bachelor and master’s degrees in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.