San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
"Unifying an Organization Through a Shared Vision"
A compelling catalyst was needed to unify the organization and spark new passion and purpose in its people. The company developed a shared vision as its unifying agent. Today, this vision serves as the foundation of a new strategic construct around which the company aligns and organizes its people to work toward a common goal. The strategy, called the Ducommun Way, drives innovative thinking, collaboration and performance by creating interdependence among key elements of operational excellence, organizational development and profitable growth.
The Ducommun Way is having a transformative effect on the company, shaping its culture and uniting it as an organization, a community and a valued partner for its customers and suppliers.
Joel Benkie is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Ducommun Incorporated. In this role, Benkie is responsible for driving the company's key strategic and operational objectives. He oversees all aspects of Ducommun's operations, including 22 manufacturing and engineering operations in 13 states and three countries.
Benkie's career in aerospace manufacturing spans more than three decades. He joined Ducommun in 2012 after 17 years with Parker Hannifin Corporation where he last served as vice president of operations for the company's Parker Aerospace unit. He was general manager of Parker's Control Systems division between 1999 and 2003, and was named general manager of the Servo-Controls division after joining the company in 1995. While with Parker, he served on the board of directors of ACE Services, a Parker Hannifin joint venture. Benkie began his professional career with Honeywell (formerly AlliedSignal Aerospace) in 1980 and, during his 15 years with the organization, held increasingly responsible operational management roles in marketing, assembly and test, manufacturing, and materials management.
Benkie holds an MBA from Indiana University and earned his bachelor's degree in general management from Purdue University. He also attended Harvard Business School and University of Chicago executive development programs. Supporters of Cal Poly Pomona (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona), Benkie and his wife Mary fund scholarships for students at the university who demonstrate leadership initiative. Benkie is a member of the National Development Council, a university advisory panel of influential business leaders, and serves on the Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering Leadership Board.
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The Aerospace & Defense Forum
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