David L. Joyce is a vice chair of GE and president and chief executive officer for GE Aviation, a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as integrated digital, electric power and mechanical systems for aircraft. GE Aviation also has a global service network to support these offerings. Mr. Joyce also leads GE’s efforts to establish and grow an additive manufacturing equipment, materials and services business, as well as accelerating additive manufacturing applications across GE.
David joined GE in 1980 as a product engineer and spent 15 years advancing his career in design and development of GE's commercial and military engines. His contributions encompassed nine different engine families powering 15 base aircraft models, including advanced technology applications. In 1995, he transitioned from product development to become a Six Sigma Master Black Belt for the Aviation Engineering Division. In early 1998, he was promoted to general manager of the Customer and Product Support organization, responsible the global GE/CFM fleet of nearly 20,000 engines in service with more than 500 customers. In this role, David led the formation of the highly successful "At the Customer, For the Customer" program. In mid-2000, he was appointed general manager of the small commercial engine operation, where he led GE's successful bid to power China's ARJ21 regional jet. In addition, he oversaw the certification program for the CF34-8 engine for the Bombardier CRJ900 and the Embraer E170/175 aircraft programs. David was promoted to vice president and general manager of the commercial engine operation in 2003. He was named President & CEO in June 2008.
David also exercises his leadership on the boards of the Aerospace Industries Association, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and Xavier University. He is an emeritus member of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum board. He was named to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014. David earned both Bachelor of Science and Master's Degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and holds a master's in business finance from Xavier University.