Cindy Hoover
Vice President, 737 MAX Program
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Wichita, KS

 “I would encourage finding a company that has design and build capability, like Spirit AeroSystems.  As an engineer, it is very beneficial to the design process to have manufacturing facilities available in order to work with the parts.  The operations team can also provide feedback for a more manufacturable design.”

Cindy is a vice president at Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. where she currently leads the 737 MAX Airplane program, relying on the decisive leadership and strategy-making skills she has developed in her 24-year career.  In her previous role as a director she led the 767 Tanker Program, which was critical for both the customer, Boeing, and for the United States Air Force. She was tasked with implementing program best practices on the program to fulfill project requirements. As a result of her exceptional project and people management skills, Cindy was instrumental in successfully driving 100% on time engineering performance, under budget and with exceptional quality. 
Cindy was a manager of the program management team at LSI Corporation when she was offered an opportunity to develop a Six Sigma program at the company.  She became a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and spent two years working a variety of improvement programs within the manufacturing and sales organizations at LSI. As a result, Cindy expanded her knowledge base from engineering and program management into sales, manufacturing, and customer service. 
Cindy leverages experience to educate young girls in STEM fields and to mentor and encourage high school and college students.  As the creator and executive sponsor of SWEPT, Spirit Women in Engineering Professions and Technology, Cindy provides mentoring and support for the women engineers and technical professionals at Spirit. Cindy also promotes STEM activity through her 25 year involvement with the Society of Women Engineers, where she is treasurer on the Board of Directors.  She has unique leadership skills to bring a team together to meet a common goal and balances the tough challenges with personal empowerment to the team very effectively.

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