Kristin Robert
Executive Director of Assembly Production
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

“Growing up in the Midwest, aircraft manufacturing is a cornerstone of many communities and exemplifies the power of teamwork, grit and innovation. To see something evolve from concept to flight and understand the manufacturing processes and technology that ultimately connect people and products around the globe is hugely inspiring!”

For more than 14 years, Kristin has been a leader within Spirit AeroSystems, the leading global aerostructures tier 1 supplier to Boeing and Airbus. Throughout her tenure, Kristin has served in multiple capacities, with responsibilities ranging from new program development to contracts and procurement. As a leader in new programs, she established tools and enhanced processes relating to production system efficiency, cost reduction, corrective action and configuration change management. As Executive Director of Assembly Production across four aircraft platforms in the Wichita, KS factory, Kristin continues to be a driving force within the company. For example, Kristin led her team through the successful planning and execution of two large fuselage factory moves, all while still producing and delivering product. 

Kristin is frequently sought after as a mentor thanks to her vibrant personality, no-quit attitude and deep level of aircraft expertise. She currently mentors six professionals, four of which are female, to provide guidance on career path planning, work-life balance and more. Additionally, Kristin has held roles like Diversity Team Leader for Assembly Mechanics, a position that focuses on skill growth for women in mechanic roles. She has also participated in numerous special projects within the company to grow and develop talent. 

Beyond her impact at Spirit, Kristin is a passionate leader in the community. Through local YMCA and MAYB programs, she has donated thousands of hours to coaching young female athletes in basketball. A lifelong athlete herself, Kristin strongly advocates for sports and works hard to bring out the best in every young athlete.  As the Spirit Executive Sponsor for the Special Olympics, Kristin actively recruits Spirit employees to volunteer, and together, they ensure every Special Olympian crosses the finish line. In addition to teaching African refugees at her church, Kristin is an avid supporter and volunteer for Heartsprings, an organization that provides services to area youth with special needs such as autism and cerebral palsy.

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