Craig Walters Senior Technical Fellow, Digital Twin IT Architecture Spirit AeroSystems
Craig started his career in Information Technology at The Boeing Company, working as a computer programmer, project manager, and architect. Eventually moving into a managerial role in the Data Management Organization leading various Business Intelligence, Database Management, and Data Migration teams. When Spirit AeroSystems separated from The Boeing Company in 2005, he led the Data Warehouse and SAP Architecture teams for the NorthStar SAP implementation project.
In 2008, Craig implemented and led the first Enterprise Architecture organization at Spirit concentrating on new business capability architecture and alignment. After leading various IT technical organizations, Craig returned to Enterprise Architecture to help organize and deliver business and technical solutions as Spirit continued to grow and expand globally. The work he has done in IT process improvement and standardization has significantly improved the efficiency of information technology strategy, process development, and operations as well as standardizing business solutions across the enterprise.
As Enterprise Architecture continues to move the forefront of business innovation, Craig continued to promote and implement EA practices. This led to the recognition in the Technical Excellence community of a need for a focused, technical presence in this discipline. Craig was recognized by Spirit as a Technical Fellow in 2017. In his current role in Spirit’s IT Enterprise Architecture organization, he plays a critical role in support of new business acquisition, strategy and technology development and process improvement.
Craig holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from College of the Ozarks. Craig is an active member on an industry technical advisory board for Aerospace and Defense.
He and his wife, Lori, are active members of a local church working with kids and in the music ministry. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
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