Lockheed Martin to appoint Michele Evans, 53, as Executive Vice President of its Aeronautics business area, succeeding Orlando Carvalho, who intends to retire later this year.
Lockheed Martin‘s Aeronautics portfolio includes several of Lockheed’s signature programs, such as the C-130 airlifter and F-22 air superiority fighter. Further, its F-35 fighter will modernize the tactical air fleets of three U.S. military services and at least a dozen overseas allies.
F-35 delivered over a quarter of the parent company’s revenues in the second quarter of this year. Lockheed was awarded the contract for the F-35 airframe on October 26, 2001, and has recently completed over 9,000 flight tests demonstrating the fighter will meet its demanding performance requirements.
Commenting further on this appointment, Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin Chairman, President, and CEO, said, “I want to thank Orlando for his impressive contributions during his nearly 40 years with the company. During his outstanding career, Orlando has led some of our most important lines of business and programs, helping to grow our company and our leadership position in the industry.”
“Michele has led critical elements of our business, building an impressive record of leadership and strong customer relationships around the globe,” Hewson added. “Her appointment demonstrates the importance of our talent development and succession planning.”
Evans has more than 30 years of experience and currently serves as deputy executive vice president for the Aeronautics business area. She is responsible for all Aeronautics programs, including F-35, F-22, F-16, C-130 and Advanced Development Programs.
Prior to that, she served as Vice President and General Manager for Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors in Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems business area. In this role, she oversaw the strategy and execution of the Littoral Combat Ship program, Aegis Combat Systems, and sea-based missile defense, as well as a host of other systems.
The programs she led in this role supported all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and more than 40 countries. She also was vice president of Modernization and Sustainment, where she was responsible for the A-10 weapons system, and avionics programs on the C-130 and F-35.
Michele Evans’ appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2018.
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