Ken Shead

  PhotoKen Shead is vice president of Quality and Manufacturing for Boeing Military Aircraft. In this role, working collaboratively with his Supplier Management, Engineering and Program Management peers, Shead is responsible to help BMA Programs achieve positive, predictive quality, cost and schedule performance. Shead assumed his current position in October, 2010. Prior to that assignment, he held several leadership positions in the BDS Quality organization where he was responsible for people, processes and tools needed to develop and implement Quality strategies. Shead focused on eliminating unique, costly, site and program-specific processes and systems in favor of common ones. He developed this Lean approach through successful Lean Manufacturing and Employee Involvement implementation while Manufacturing Director of the T45, AV-8B and F15 programs from 1997 to 2002. Shead joined the company in 1979 as a production control coordinator at the Long Beach facility. He held a number of increasingly responsible positions in Long Beach including MD80 Final Assembly Manager during its peak, when the company was delivering more than 12 aircraft per month. In 1991, he was promoted to general manager of the company’s Columbus, Ohio manufacturing facility. Shead left the company in 1993 to become vice president of Manufacturing for Justrite Manufacturing in Matoon, Ill. In 1996, he joined Ladder Towers Inc., in Ephrata, Pa., as vice president of Operations for their fire truck manufacturing division. He returned to Boeing in 1997 as director of AV-8B and T-45 Production Operations. Shead, a native of northwest Indiana, earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Butler University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Ken and his wife have three children and reside in Wildwood, Missouri. Shead enjoys fishing and amateur photography.