Speaker Biography
Carolyn Corvi
Vice President and General Manager, Airplane Programs
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
 

Carolyn Corvi is vice president and general manager of Airplane Production. She is responsible for managing Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ fully-integrated production system from design through production and delivery. The Airplane Production organization was created in February 2005, combining the former Supplier Management organization with all commercial airplane production activities in Everett and Renton, Wash., and Long Beach, Calif.

Prior to this assignment Corvi was vice president – general manager of the 737/757 Programs. Under her leadership, the 737/757 Programs incorporated industry-leading applications of lean manufacturing principles, including a moving assembly line that reduced 737 final assembly flow time from 22 days in 1999 to 11 days in 2005. She also was responsible for the “Move to the Lake” project, which co-located most of the people who design, build and support the 737 inside the Renton Final Assembly building on the south shore of Lake Washington. Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine recognized the project’s creativity and innovation by selecting it as a 2005 Laurels Awards recipient.

Corvi joined Boeing in 1974 and has held a variety of key leadership assignments including: vice president of Aircraft Systems & Interiors, which designed and produced assemblies for all airplane programs, spares and aftermarket support; vice president of the Propulsion Systems Division, which develops propulsion systems and auxiliary power units for the entire Boeing family of commercial airplanes; director of Quality Assurance for the Fabrication Division, which produces a diverse range of parts, tools and assemblies used in the production of every Boeing jetliner; and director of Program Management for the 737 and 757 programs.

She was the 2006 recipient of the Eli Whitney Productivity Award, presented by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for distinguished accomplishments in improved production capabilities. For her contributions to both Boeing and aerospace industry, Corvi won the 2001 Women in Aerospace Leadership award.

She currently serves on Virginia Mason Medical Center’s Health System Board of Directors, is on the president’s advisory board at Embry Riddle University and serves on the Board of Directors of Matis Aerospace.

She is co-founder of the Northwest Children’s Fund, a former board member of the YWCA – King and Snohomish Counties, and past president and executive board member of Washington’s National Park Fund.

Corvi has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in management from MIT.

A native of Seattle, she was born Sept. 12, 1951. She is married and enjoys bicycling, hiking and international adventure travel. Other interests include current events, foreign policy, politics and auto racing.