Shelley Lavender is president of Boeing Military Aircraft, a business unit of Defense, Space & Security. BMA operates three divisions: Mobility, Surveillance and Engagement; Global Strike; and Vertical Lift.
BMA employs more than 15,000 people at six major domestic locations and offices around the world. It is one of the world’s largest providers of military airpower, serving the United States and more than 50 allied nations and continuing to expand globally with steady growth in international sales. Aviation Week named BMA as the top performing military aircraft business for 2012.
Prior to this role, Lavender was vice president and general manager of Integrated Logistics, a division focused on providing readiness and after-delivery support for a wide variety of military platforms and systems. She also served as vice president and general manager of Global Strike, where she was responsible for the execution and growth of a portfolio of strike-fighter and attack helicopter products that include the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, F-15 Strike Eagle, F-22 Raptor, AH-64D Apache and AH-6i.
Lavender’s other leadership positions include serving as the vice president/chief engineer for BMA and as F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program manager, responsible for all aspects of program performance including development and production. She was also the director of Tactical Aircraft Integrated Product Teams and the F/A-18 chief engineer.
Lavender began her aerospace engineering career at Hughes Aircraft Company, El Segundo, Calif., in 1986, as an engineer on the F-15 APG-70 Radar Program. She joined Boeing in 1988 as an avionics engineer. Over the years she has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including program manager for the T-38 Avionics Upgrade Program and director of Tactical Aircraft Mission Systems in St. Louis.
Lavender received a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois. She is currently a member of the board of directors of The United Way of Greater St. Louis, and also serves on the National Council for Washington University, Olin Business School. She also served on the board of directors for The Magic House children's museum in St. Louis.