Virginia A. Barnes
Retired Vice President, Space Launch System Program, Boeing
Virginia Barnes managed a number of defense and space programs and efforts, including International Space Station (ISS), fighter and support programs, defense modernization and weapons, and simulation and training during her tenure with Boeing.
Boeing is responsible for the design, development, test and production of the SLS cryogenic stages and avionics. The world’s biggest rocket, SLS will take humans beyond Earth orbit. First flight is scheduled for 2017.
Previously, as president and chief executive officer of United Space Alliance, LLC (USA), Ms. Barnes was responsible for the strategic direction and operations for USA. She held that position from April 2010 to April 2013, before returning to Boeing, where she had previously worked for 29 years. She left Boeing as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Program Manager, overseeing the programmatic and financial aspects of the Army’s modernization efforts.
Barnes began her career as a financial cost analyst with Boeing in Huntsville, Ala., in 1981, after graduating from the University of Alabama in Huntsville accounting program. She later earned her master’s degree in business from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.