Cindy Gruensfelder is vice president and general manager of Missile and Weapon Systems for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. In this role, she oversees the execution of program priorities and the shaping of the long-term strategy for the division. Gruensfelder is also the Boeing Huntsville site senior executive.
The Missile and Weapon Systems portfolio comprises 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; 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 Missile and Weapon Systems division, responsible for all aspects of the Weapons portfolio. Before that role, 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 (UCLASS, now MQ-25A) activity and deputy program manager for Advanced Air Dominance and Next Generation Air Dominance.
Gruensfelder has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.