MxD Welcomes Leading Manufacturing Executives to Board of Directors and Appoints New Chair and Vice-Chair

New Directors Bring Vision and Diverse Experience at a Critical Moment in Manufacturing

September 30, 2020 (CHICAGO) – MxD announced today the addition of two manufacturing leaders to its board of directors: Jacky Wright, Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US; and Linda Cadwell Stancin, Director, Emerging Technologies, Collaboration, and Innovation, Lockheed Martin Corporation.

“As the nation – and the world – continue to respond to and recover from the COVID pandemic, the importance of a thriving, secure, and efficient U.S. manufacturing sector has never been clearer,” said MxD CEO Chandra Brown. “Jacky and Linda’s experience and passion in digital transformation and technology will help MxD strengthen its support for manufacturers to become more resilient and competitive.”

Jacky Wright is the Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US, where she inspires and leads teams to help businesses leverage technology to drive innovation, adopt sustainable and accessible business models, and digitally transform. Wright rejoined Microsoft in 2019 after completing a two-year secondment as Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) for HMRC, the British Government tax department. In her prior Microsoft role, Jacky served as Corporate Vice President, Core Services Engineering Platform where she oversaw the digital transformation and deployment of key customer experiences across multiple technology platforms. Wright is widely recognized as a transformational global leader, innovative technologist and recognized STEM advocate. As a leader in technology, Wright uses her broad platform to drive thought leadership not just for the positive impact of digital transformation for business, but also for social, economic and environmental change. As a woman of color, her passion, advocacy and influence to create a truly inclusive world is demonstrated in the various forums where she regularly speaks on diversity, digital inclusion and the power of inclusive leadership.

Linda Cadwell Stancin is the Director, Emerging Technologies, Collaboration, and Innovation for the Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity she leads senior management and technical teams in the development, acceleration, and deployment of digitally influenced technologies. Her technical focus areas include model based and engineering tools, material and process engineering, advanced manufacturing, and cognitive solutions. Her work leading technical collaboration and innovation includes the Technical Excellence Team and sponsoring LM work with external labs, such as MxD. Cadwell Stancin joined Lockheed in March 2018 from Spirit AeroSystems, where she served as the executive leader of Research and Manufacturing Technology and Director of Corporate Structures Engineering and Technology. Before joining Spirit, Cadwell Stancin worked at the Boeing Company for 16 years as the senior manager for Composites, Interiors and Finishes Technologies for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. She started her career in the Oil and Chemical industry. Cadwell Stancin is currently the Chair of the Aviation Industries Association Technical Operations Council.

Wright was confirmed as director in June 2020 and Cadwell Stancin in September 2020.

Also in June, the MxD Board elected a new Chair, Mary Isbister, President of GenMet Corp., and Vice-Chair Billy Bardin, Global Digitalization Director, Dow. Former Chair and Founder Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO Dimension, Inx, became Ex-Officio Chair of the Board.

Chandra Brown, CEO, MxD; Katy George, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company; Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO, Siemens Digital Industry Software; Shirish Pareek, Managing Director, AMG Partners; Marsha Serlin, Founder and CEO, United Scrap Metal; Jay Walsh, Interim Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation at the University of Illinois System; and Mark Wilson, Chief Operating Officer of Rolls-Royce North American Technologies (retired), also serve as directors of the board.

About MxD

MxD is where innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, MxD equips factories with the digital tools, cybersecurity, and workforce expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, our network of nearly 300 partners increases its productivity and wins more business. Learn more at