Penny White is vice president of Supply Chain for Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS). In this role, she leads an organization of more than 3,000 employees that manages the annual purchase of $11 billion in products and services. White is responsible for all procurement matters, including policymaking, subcontract oversight, process improvement and materials management. The Supply Chain organization focuses on improving supplier performance and relationships, while providing the best value for customers and a competitive advantage for Boeing.
She was previously vice president of Commodities, Systems & Supplier Diversity. There, she led Supply Chain’s focus on strategically leveraging billions of dollars of BDS and Boeing spend on low cost/high volume hardware and services. She continues to enable BDS growth through innovative global purchasing and meeting international offset commitments. Additionally, White and her team contribute to key franchise program wins through a cost-of-quality culture and by providing innovative proposal solutions; develop and implement supplier diversity strategies; and oversee technical excellence for supply chain systems and tools.
Previously, White was director of Contracts for Space and Launch, Missile and Weapon Systems, and Autonomous Systems where she oversaw all procurement and contractual business dealings. Prior to assuming this role, White served as director of Supply Chain Contracts & Sourcing Functional Excellence and Supplier Management Contracts at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. She joined the Boeing Company in 2014 as acquisition manager for the Space Exploration business. Prior to the time, White served as director of procurement/supply chain operations at United Space Alliance, a company jointly owned by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin. She started her aerospace career with Rockwell International in 1989 as a contract administrator and has broad-based experience in contracts, procurement, supplier management, logistics, property and supply chain.
White is actively involved with the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) where she was on the NCMA Board of Directors for six years and was the Program Year 2016 National President. She currently serves on the NCMA Board of Advisors and the Contracts Management Standards Consensus Body.
Additionally, White is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Institute of Supply Management, and the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management. She obtained her bachelor's degree in finance from Mercer University and went on to Tulane University, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree.