Dr. Charles Blankenship Jr.
Charles (Chip) Blankenship mostly recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Arconic, a global leader in precision engineered materials, products, and solutions for major markets including aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, and building and construction.
Prior to joining Arconic, Charles served in senior leadership roles during a 24-year career at General Electric (GE), primarily within its aviation businesses, including aero engines, industrial gas turbines and aerospace alloy development. He led GE Aviation's Commercial Engines Operation, the world's leading producer of large and small jet engines for commercial aircraft, and GE's Aero Energy business, a division of GE Energy that supplies aeroderivative gas turbines and other products for industrial and marine applications. Most recently, form 2012-2017, Blankenship served as President and CEO of GE Appliances, leading a significant turnaround of that business and its subsequent sale to the Haier Company in 2016.
A metallurgist by training, Blankenship holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Virginia and a B.S. degree in materials science and engineering from Virginia Tech. He holds seven patents related to jet engine technology. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Academy of Engineering. At Virginia Tech, Charles was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence in 2014.