Jean Lydon-Rodgers is vice president and general manager of Military Systems for GE Aviation. In this role, she is responsible for the business' military operations serving the U.S. Department of Defense and numerous international military customers for aircraft, helicopter, and marine engines.
Lydon-Rodgers joined GE in 1985 on the Manufacturing Program at the GE Aerospace business. In 1986, she began working at the Aviation business where she has held various manufacturing, engineering and services leadership roles, including Technology Upgrades Manager and Manager of Overhaul/Platform Strategy Marketing. Most recently, she served as vice president of the F136 engine project at GE Aviation and also as president of the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team, which is developing the F136 engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
Jean joined GE on the Operations Management Leadership Program at GE's aerospace business and later moved to GE Aviation for additional assignments on this program. Upon completion of the program, she moved to evaluation and test engineering where she supported the development and certification of commercial engines including CFM56, GE90, CF6 and GP7200.
Following her engineering roles, Lydon-Rodgers moved to engine services as a Six Sigma Black Belt and was certified in the use of six sigma tools and processes. She then progressed to positions of increasing responsibility in the services division including technology upgrades manager, and manager of overhaul & platform strategy marketing. In these roles she was responsible for implementing innovative technology and service solutions to improve productivity for the customer, as well as GE service shops.
Lydon-Rodgers moved to Military Systems in 2002 as the manager of F136 supply chain programs and progressed to F136 program manager. Prior to her current role, Jean served as vice president of the F136 engine project at GE Aviation and also as president of the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team responsible for the development of a competitive engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and from Xavier University with a Master's degree in business administration.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.