Cindy Gruensfelder is vice president and general manager of the Missile and Weapon Systems (MWS) division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. In this role, she oversees the execution of program priorities and the shaping of the long-term strategy for the division.
The MWS portfolio is comprised of U.S. homeland missile defense solutions, including the Ground-based Midcourse Defense and the Missile Defense National Team programs; Strategic Deterrence Systems, including the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile program; and, Weapons programs, including Cruise Missile Systems and Direct Attack precision-guided munition programs; and Integrated Air & Missile Defense and Laser & Electro-Optical Systems programs consisting of kinetic and directed energy solutions.
Previously, Gruensfelder was vice president of Weapons for the MWS division, responsible for all aspects of Boeing’s Weapons portfolio. Prior to her role as vice president of Weapons, she was director of the Direct Attack portfolio within the Weapons organization.
Gruensfelder has served in a variety of leadership roles at The Boeing Company, and its heritage company, McDonnell Douglas, for more than 30 years, including program manager for the Boeing Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike activity (UCLASS, now MQ-25A), and deputy program manager for Advanced Air Dominance and Next Generation Air Dominance.
Gruensfelder holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.