Mark Jenks is vice president of Airplane Programs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, overseeing the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 production programs. His focus is on ensuring safety, quality and production stability as the company deals with unprecedented challenges in the current environment.
He moved into this role following his appointment 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 2014 through late 2017, Jenks served in a variety of 787 program leadership roles ultimately serving as vice president and general manager of the program. He led the team that designed, built and delivered the 787 Dreamliner family of airplanes.
Prior to that, Jenks was vice president of 787 Airplane Development, with responsibility for derivatives of the 787. In that role, he led the development of the
787-9, which was certified and delivered in June 2014, and the launch and definition of the 787-10, the third and longest member of the family.
Jenks had been part of the 787 family since its earliest days. He joined the Sonic Cruiser program in 2001 as director of Technology Integration, with responsibility for identifying and integrating all program requirements for advanced technology. From there, Jenks held a variety of key technical and leadership roles throughout the development of the 787, including leading the Wing, Empennage and Landing Gear lifecycle product team.
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 bachelors and masters degrees in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.