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Amy Gowder

Amy Gowder

President & Chief Executive Officer, Defense & Systems, GE Aerospace

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Defense & Systems, Amy Gowder leads an operation focused on developing and manufacturing engines and systems for military air combat, trainer, tanker, helicopter, and marine applications. With more than 26,000 engines in operation for 300 U.S. and international military customers, Amy and her team also provide service and support to ensure the fleet remains mission ready.

Amy has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the aerospace and technology industry. Prior to joining GE, she served as Chief Operating Officer for Aerojet Rocketdyne where she led the Engineering, Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Quality & Mission Assurance, Safety, Health & Environment, and Information Technology organizations, and had oversight of 11 sites in nine states.

During her tenure at Lockheed Martin, Amy held several key executive positions, such as president and general manager of Commercial Engine Solutions. As vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin’s Training and Logistics Solutions in the Rotary and Mission Systems business, she was responsible for the execution and strategic growth of the mission readiness and sustainment programs with more than 5,000 employees around the globe. Prior to Lockheed Martin, Amy worked for Accenture and specialized in Supply Chain Management for the high technology industry.

Her honors include being named a “Top 40-Under-40 Aviation Executive” by Aviation Week in 2012 and induction into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Amy has served on multiple advisory boards, committees, and task forces in the states of Texas and Florida, advising on aerospace and defense as well as economic development topics.

Amy is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellows Program with a Master of Business Administration and holds a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Arizona State University

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