Mark Jenks is senior vice president of Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, overseeing the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 production programs. His focus is on ensuring production stability as the company deals with unprecedented challenges in the current environment. In October 2020, Jenks was named to a two-year assignment leading Boeing’s Program Management Operations Council, during which he also will serve on the Boeing Executive Council. In this role, he will bring a heightened focus on Program Management discipline from the early stages of program development through the efficiency breakthroughs that can be achieved in mature programs.
Previously, Jenks served as vice president and general manager of the 737 program and Renton site. Earlier, Jenks served as vice president and general manager of the New Mid-Market Airplane (NMA) program, leading all aspects of development ranging from the business case to definition of the production system, airplane configuration and services offering.
From 2001 through late 2017, Jenks served in a variety of 787 program leadership roles. Ultimately, he served as vice president and general manager of the program, leading the team that designed, built and delivered the 787 Dreamliner family of airplanes.
Before joining Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Jenks held several leadership roles within Boeing’s defense and space businesses. From 1996 to 2001, Jenks served in various program management positions in Huntsville, Alabama, for the International Space Station, including chief engineer and deputy program manager.
Jenks earlier managed the Boeing Helicopters Division Developmental Center in Philadelphia, and prior to that he held positions in manufacturing technology, tool engineering, internal audit, project engineering and aerodynamics research. He joined Boeing in 1983.
Jenks earned master’s degrees in management and materials engineering through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Leaders for Global Operations Program, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.