Lockheed Martin Announces New Regional Space Systems Business Development Appointment
CANBERRA, Australia, May 9, 2013 – Lockheed Martin Australia Pty Ltd has announced the appointment of Rod Drury as South East Asia - Strategy and Business Development Lead, reporting to Ed Irvin, Director of International Business Development, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
In this role, Drury will be co-located in the Lockheed Martin Australia Corporate office in Canberra and will be responsible for leading space-related business development in close coordination with Raydon Gates, Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive.
According to Mr Gates, “Rod brings a wealth of experience to this assignment, and has a great deal of familiarity with the full range of space-related mission areas. Lockheed Martin has an established portfolio of military satellite platforms and services, including the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) and Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite-based communications systems. Increasingly, we are expanding our expertise in the commercial sector, including the building of the ‘Jabiru-1’ communications satellite for Melbourne-based NewSat Pty Ltd.”
Drury will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive South East Asia business development strategy for space, with special emphasis on Australia and potential partnering opportunities to penetrate new regional markets. He will operate as the central regional point of contact for Lockheed Martin Space Systems, working in conjunction with business development leaders and Corporate International Business Development. In addition, Drury will work to foster horizontal integration across individual lines of business and the corporation to increase new business opportunities.
Drury joins Lockheed Martin with more than 30 years of leadership experience across a variety of senior roles in both military and commercial entities. Over the past ten years, he has gained significant experience in growing and managing a number of commercial entities ranging from small enterprises to large-scale commercial operations. In particular, he successfully led strategy, business development and government relations operations in the high-tech/aerospace regional market sector. Prior to his commercial career, Drury served in the Royal Australian Air Force for more than 20 years, during which he held increasingly responsible leadership roles in the areas of Air Defence, Space Operations, Project Management and National Surveillance.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs 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. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were US$47.2 billion. Lockheed Martin Australia Pty Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the parent Corporation, employs over 750 people across Australia, and had 2012 annual turnover exceeding A$200 million.