Kevin Matthies Senior Vice President and General Manager, Boeing Program Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
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Kevin Matthies serves as senior vice president and general manager, Boeing Programs at Spirit AeroSystems. Matthies has responsibility for program management, profit & loss, and operations for the global Boeing programs.
Prior to this role, Matthies served as senior vice president and Chief Technology (CTO) and Quality Officer (CQO), where he served as leader for the Engineering, Research & Technology, Industrial Engineering, and Quality teams. Matthies was responsible for developing strategies and implementing integrated, cross-functional solutions that transformed Spirit’s operations and culture to deliver on our customer’s expectations. In addition, Matthies was the executive leader for Spirit’s Operations Excellence Council, Quality Excellence Council, and Safety Council.
Matthies joined Spirit AeroSystems in 2013. During his tenure at Spirit, he has held leadership roles as vice president of Airbus programs, vice president and general manager of the Boeing 787 program, and senior vice president of Global Fabrication.
Matthies is a 33-year veteran of the defense and aerospace industry. He joined Spirit after a 26 year career at Raytheon Technologies, where he last served as President of the Javelin Joint Venture between Raytheon Technologies and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Matthies also worked in executive positions at Hughes Aircraft Company and General Dynamics. His roles have spanned program management (including P&L responsibility), operational leadership, Chief Engineer, software engineering technical leadership on several proprietary programs, and manufacturing engineering. Matthies has led numerous programs in support of the U.S. Army, U.S. Airforce, U.S. Marines Corp, U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency, as well as international commercial and military customers.
Matthies is active member of the SkillsUSA program, which empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. He is also a board member for the United Way of the Plains and a board member of the American Composite Manufacturing Association.Matthies earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from California State University and a Master of Science degree in systems engineering from the University of Arizona. He is a graduate of Raytheon’s Leadership Excellence Program and was the recipient of the Raytheon Corporate Program Leadership Award.