David L. Joyce
President and Chief Executive Officer
David L. Joyce is president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation, one of the fastest-growing divisions of the General Electric Company, which was founded by Thomas Edison in 1878. David provides strategic direction for the Cincinnati-based, $24.7 billion aerospace company. With 44,000 employees at more than 80 sites globally, GE Aviation is a leading provider of jet, turboshaft and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.
David has spent his entire career at GE Aviation, gaining broad and deep knowledge through a series of technical and leadership roles, and influencing the design and launch of GE's most innovative and popular engines over the past three decades.
David joined GE Aviation in 1980 and became immersed for 15 years in advanced design and product development, contributing to 15 aircraft models. From 1995 to 2000, he expanded into Six Sigma quality leadership roles and headed the around-the-clock Customer & Product Support organization, supporting the global fleet of more than 500 customers.
David ran the regional and business jet commercial engine operations from 2000 to 2003 during the explosive growth of that market. A global thinker, he also led GE's successful bid to power China's first indigenous commercial jet and led the formation of the GE Honda Aero Engine Company, which is creating engines for lightweight business jets. Over the next five years, David led GE's commercial jet engine portfolio, overseeing the certification of several new engines and launching the GEnx, the fastest-selling engine in the company's history.
David is the board chairman of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and serves on the boards of the Aerospace Industries Association and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. David was named to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014. At home, he serves on the Cincinnati Business Committee and on the boards of Xavier University and the Tri-State Warbird Museum.
David earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Xavier University.