Kim Smith, vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication, oversees a global operation of manufacturing sites and more than 16,000 employees producing components for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Global Services. Smith also leads the enterprise vertical business Boeing Additive Manufacturing.
Since June 2017, Smith has led Boeing Fabrication, the largest supplier to Commercial Airplanes. Fabrication operations are dedicated to engineering and manufacturing millions of aerospace parts, tools, kits and assemblies to meet Boeing needs for composites, metals, emergent and manufacturing services, electrical systems, interiors and propulsion. Fabrication’s manufacturing business units are located in five U.S. states (Montana, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington state), Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
As leader of Boeing Additive Manufacturing since January 2018, Smith is responsible for driving the company’s strategy, investments and implementation of this disruptive manufacturing technology to meet its commercial, defense, space and services business needs.
Smith has also held leadership positions in Boeing Corporate and Defense, Space & Security organizations. From 2014 to 2017, she served as vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs and the company’s senior site executive in Mesa, Ariz. There, she led more than 3,800 employees who design, produce and support AH-64 Apache and AH-6 Little Bird helicopters for the U.S. Army and defense forces from several countries. In 2015, Smith led development of Tata Boeing Aerospace, a joint venture in India between Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems that will become the sole global producer of fuselages for the AH-64 Apache.
From 2011 to 2014, Smith served as vice president of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), the enterprise team that oversees efforts to improve on-site safety and reduce the environmental impact of Boeing operations. Under her leadership, EHS launched “Go for Zero – One Day at a Time,” a program that has significantly improved Boeing’s workplace safety performance.
For Commercial Airplanes’ supply chain organization, Smith was responsible for contracting, performance and strategy development with Spirit AeroSystems, Boeing’s largest external supplier. Since joining Boeing in 1997, she has held leadership roles in Fabrication, Airplane Programs and Quality, as well as Research & Technology for the 737 and 757 programs.
Smith’s experience outside of Boeing includes serving as plant manager at GKN Sinter Metals, where she had profit-and-loss responsibility and was accountable for manufacturing, quality, engineering, supply chain, facilities and finance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and an Executive Master of Business Administration and Leadership Certificate from Seattle University. In 2017, she received the Army Aviation Association of America’s Knight of the Honorable Order of St. Michael Award. Smith serves on the board of Washington STEM, a non-profit committed to advancing equity, excellence and innovation in science, technology, engineering and math for all students in Washington state.