Gena Lovett is the vice president of manufacturing, safety and quality for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). In this role she is responsible for managing a global portfolio that includes over 20 programs at 27 different plant facilities. Leading the $23 billion business unit’s manufacturing transformation efforts to accelerate performance, she is changing the face of BDS Operations by championing innovation from factory floors to front offices across the enterprise.
Since joining Boeing in 2015, Lovett has worked hand in hand with its top leaders to advance the strategic direction for manufacturing a wide range of defense and space products. She also dedicates much of her time to empowering teams in the execution of safety and quality improvements and enhancing production and fabrication capabilities.
Before joining Boeing, Lovett was chief diversity officer for Alcoa, where she was responsible for cultivating a work environment that encouraged and supported diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization. She led the successful incorporation of diversity and inclusion as a business imperative with a set of measurable indicators that produced bottom-line business results. Under her leadership, Alcoa won the 2013 Catalyst Award and the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Award.
Prior to this, as Alcoa’s director of manufacturing, Lovett led the successful turnaround of a historically underperforming operation. Under her direction safety improved almost 80 percent, on-time delivery rose 50 percent, productivity grew 45 percent and employee engagement increased 24 percent.
She began her career at Ford Motor Co. as a first-line supervisor rising to the role of plant manager of Prototype Operations during her 15-year career there.
Lovett is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has a master’s degree in international business. She will begin her Ph.D studies in values-driven leadership this spring. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Trustee.