Mark Jenks is vice president and general manager of the Boeing 787 program. Named to the position in July 2015, Jenks leads the team that designs, builds and delivers the all-new, super-efficient 787 Dreamliner family of airplanes.
Previously, Jenks was vice president and deputy general manager of the 787 program, overseeing the execution of key program priorities and shaping the
long-term strategy for the 787 production system.
From 2009 to 2014, 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 has 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 Life Cycle Product Team and serving as vice president of 787 Engineering.
Before joining Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Jenks held several leadership roles within Boeing’s defense and space businesses (now Boeing Defense, Space & Security). 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.