Keynote Speaker
 
Amy Gowder

President and CEO of GE Aviation Military Systems Operations

Amy Gowder is the president and CEO of GE Aviation Military Systems Operations. In this role, she is responsible for GE Aviation’s Military Systems Operation portfolio, which includes combat and trainer engines, rotorcraft and turboprop engines, mobility engines, and marine gas turbines, as well as services, sales, and customer support. Previously, she served as chief operating officer for Aerojet Rocketdyne, where she was responsible for leading the engineering, operations, manufacturing, supply chain, quality and mission assurance, safety, health and environment, and information technology organizations, as well as oversight of the company’s 11 operating sites in nine states. She ensured that Aerojet Rocketdyne remained focused on delivering key results and value for customers and shareholders, all while driving continuous improvement.

Gowder brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the aerospace and technology sector. Most recently, she served as the vice president and general manager for Lockheed Martin’s Training and Logistics Solutions line of business within the Rotary and Mission Systems business area. She was responsible for the execution and strategic growth of Lockheed Martin’s mission readiness and sustainment programs with more than 5,000 employees around the globe.

During her tenure at Lockheed Martin Corporation from 2005 to 2020, she held several executive positions, such as president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Commercial Engine Solutions. Before Lockheed Martin, she worked for Accenture and specialized in supply chain management for the high technology industry.

Gowder is a proven leader who was named a “Top 40-Under-40 Aviation Executive” by Aviation Week in 2012 and was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. She has served on multiple advisory boards, committees and task forces in Texas and Florida, advising on aerospace and defense and economic development topics. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellows Program with an MBA and holds a bachelor's degree in bioengineering from Arizona State University.