Lockheed Martin has set up a new organisation – Lockheed Martin International (LMI) – to strengthen international customer relations, industrial partnerships and grow global business for the American aerospace and security giant.
“Directly engaging with and listening to our customers are essential components to maintaining and growing our global business,” said Marillyn A Hewson, Lockheed Martin chief executive officer and president. “The new LMI team under the leadership of Patrick M Dewar will be responsible for strengthening global partnerships and investing in new ones to ensure we continue to meet our global customers’ diverse national security and economic development needs.”
The LMI team will work with global Lockheed Martin customers, including the SA Air Force, to deliver the company’s products, technologies and services to meet national security and citizen service needs.
The LMI organisation is headquartered in London and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It has corporate offices in Ottawa, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Canberra and regional offices in Tel Aviv, New Delhi, Tokyo and Seoul.
“The LMI team will align and integrate our existing international business and operations under a customer-focused strategy in the 70 countries where we do business. With nearly three decades of international business experience, Dewar is uniquely qualified to lead LMI and advance our customer and partner relationships,” Hewson said.
“Our unified team and approach will deliver the Lockheed Martin value proposition to our customers. We look forward to continuing to deliver our products, technologies and services. From the F-35, C-130J, F-16 and missile defence systems to cyber security and citizen services, we have the products our global customers need to meet their unique missions,” Dewar said.
Prior to being named to lead LMI, Dewar was senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company employing about 118 000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Its net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.
Africa is one area that Lockheed Martin has interest in, especially regarding transport aircraft – Algeria recently took delivery of the first of two C-130Js while Libya is interested in acquiring the type.