Shepherd Named GM of GE’s Marine Gas Turbine Business
By Jack Burke22 July 2019
Kris Shepherd has been appointed the general manager of GE’s marine gas turbine business.
Based in Evendale, Ohio, USA, Shepherd is responsible for the full lifecycle of all GE marine gas turbine programs, product management, engineering, marketing, supply chain, services, and commercial organizations.
GE’s marine gas turbine business serves commercial and naval customers worldwide and offers a suite of six propulsion engines with power options from 4.6 to 52.7 MW: LM500 (4.6 MW), base LM2500 (25.1 MW), LM2500+ (30.2 MW) and LM2500+G4 (35.3 MW), as well as the LM6000PC (46.1 MW) and LM6000PG (52.7 MW) gas turbines.
Shepherd brings with him significant experience as a GE commercial aircraft engine product leader, serving Boeing and other GE engine customers. He managed the CFM LEAP-1B product line for the past seven years and led the LEAP-1B program from start up to successful 737MAX/LEAP-1B entry into service, delivering over 1200 engines to Boeing and customers.
Over the past 24 years in GE Aviation, Shepherd has held roles with increasing responsibilities in manufacturing, engineering, customer service, six sigma, and product management. He also held various positions outside of GE for a few years.
Shepherd graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a master’s degree in industrial engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio University. He is a Cincinnati native currently residing in Wyoming, Ohio.
GE’s marine gas turbine business is part of GE Aviation and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. GE is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of marine propulsion products, systems and solutions including aeroderivative gas turbines ranging from 6100 to 70 656 shaft hp/4.6 to 52.7 MW.