Marti Powers is vice president of Communications for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). Based in Arlington, Va., Powers is responsible for leading communications strategy and planning for the business.
Prior to joining Boeing, she was the external relations country manager at Shell Oil Company where she oversaw the development and implementation of reputation strategies that supported the country and multiple lines of business license to operate objectives in the U.S. In addition to these responsibilities, Powers also served as the external relations general manager for Shell’s Upstream Global Shales business, which included assets in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.
Previously, Powers held a variety of senior public and government affairs roles at BP supporting a range of upstream, midstream, downstream, and deal closure businesses across the U.S. Her tenure at BP included coordinating the development of a national corporate reputation program and membership on BP’s U.S. Policy Reputation Council.
Powers began her career nearly 30 years ago as a reporter moving into chamber of commerce economic development before taking a role with ExxonMobil. Her industry start began with their chemicals business, quickly moving into roles that supported reputation communications across the entire business value chain in Latin America, major project development in China, operations integrity management initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, and joint venture support.
Powers maintains an active leadership role in business associations and community organizations, having held board positions with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, American Leadership Forum and committee membership with the American Petroleum Institute, The Conference Board, and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Powers graduated from Midwestern State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and has an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into the International Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta chapter.