Board of Directors



The Hon Kim Beazley, AC
Non-Executive Director
Lockheed Martin Australia Board of Directors

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and
Australian Ambassador to the United States of America


Mr Beazley was a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments (1983-96) holding, at various times, the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Transport and Communications, Employment Education and Training, Aviation, and Special Minister of State. He was Deputy Prime Minister (1995-96) and Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition (1996-01 and 2005-06).


After his retirement from politics in 2007, Mr Beazley was appointed Winthrop Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. In July 2008 he was appointed Chancellor of the Australian National University, a position he held until December 2009. Mr Beazley took up an appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010. He served as Ambassador until January 2016.


In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.


He completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Western Australia. He was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia in 1973 and completed a Masters of Philosophy at Oxford University. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame (Western Australia). 

  Michele A. Evans
Vice President and General Manager
C4ISR and Undersea Systems and Sensors (C4USS)
Lockheed Martin Rotary & Missions Systems (RMS)


Michele A. Evans is the Vice President and General Manager, Rotary & Mission Systems (RMS), C4ISR and Undersea Systems and Sensors (C4USS) for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Previously, Ms. Evans was Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Mission Systems and Training organization from January 2010 to December 2013. She previously served as Vice President of the Lockheed Martin Modernization and Sustainment line of business from August 2006 to January 2010. Ms. Evans is a member of the National Defense Industry Association Undersea Advisory board and George Mason University advisory Board. She also serves on Clarkson University’s Coulter School of Engineering advisory board and New York’s Foundation for Excellence in Education board.


  Allan Hawke
Non-executive Director
Lockheed Martin Australia Board of Directors


Dr Allan Hawke AC is a former Australian senior public servant and diplomat. His extensive career includes appointments as Secretary of the Departments of Veterans' Affairs, Transport and Regional Development (later Transport and Regional Services) and Defence. He completed his public service to Australia as High Commissioner of Australia to New Zealand. Dr Hawke has served on various boards including the Lockheed Martin Australia Board, Administrative Review Council, Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council, Foreign Affairs Council and the Defence and National Security Advisory Council.


  Gary North
Vice President
Customer Requirements
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics


Gary North is the Vice President for Customer Requirements for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. General North, USAF (Ret.) joined Lockheed Martin in January 2013, after 36 years of military service. He held numerous key operational, command and staff positions, including Commander, Pacific Air Forces; and executive director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, where he was responsible for all USAF operations in the Pacific, including serving as the Joint Force Air Component Commander for US Pacific Command. Gary also served as the Commander of US Air Forces Central from 2006-2009.


  Dan Norton
Vice President
Strategy and Business Development
Missiles and Fire Control


Mr Norton brings 30 years of experience with Lockheed Martin, including leadership positions in business development, program management, line of business leadership and Information Technology.  He was previously Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for Tactical Missiles/Combat Maneuver Systems, where he was responsible for overseeing line of business growth, customer relationships and partnerships for a $2 billion annual business with growth commitments in core US Department of Defense and commercial markets and in 30 countries worldwide. Prior to that, he was Vice President of UK/Europe for IS&GS Global Solutions. He has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida.


  Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie AO, RAN (Rtd)
Non-Executive Director
Lockheed Martin Australia Board of Directors


Vice Admiral (Rtd) Chris Ritchie AO had a career of more than 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy retiring as the Chief of Navy in July 2005. Since leaving the Navy, Vice Admiral Ritchie has maintained an interest and involvement in defence issues and has served on defence related reviews and committees, both for Government and not for profit organisations.  He has been chairman of the Australian Defence College Advisory Board, chairman of ASC Pty Ltd, national president of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia, chairman of the Federal Advisory Council to the Navy League of Australia and is a visiting Professorial Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong. He is currently chairman of Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited and a director of the Aerospace Maritime and Defence Foundation of Australia.   He is patron of the Naval Warfare Officer's Association and the Australasian Hydrographic Society and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 


  Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown AO
Non-Executive Director

Lockheed Martin Australia Board of Directors


Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown AO had a career of more than 30 years with the Royal Australian Air Force and served as the Chief of Air Force from July 2011 to July 2015. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) during his term as Chief of the Air Force. He was the key architect of Plan Jericho, which will see the transformation of every aspect of Air Force's systems, operations, training, simulation, acquisition, sustainment and personnel management to fully realise the breadth and depth of opportunities afforded by the latest fifth generation capabilities. An engineer and a pilot, Air Marshal Brown has a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) from Deakin University, a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  



Vince Di Pietro AO
Vice President and Chief Executive

Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand


Mr Di Pietro has had a distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy, during which he served as the Commander of the Fleet Air Arm and resulted in an appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia for exceptional service in June 2016.  He was Australia's Naval Attache to the United States from June 2007 to June 2010. Mr Di Pietro holds a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) gained at the Australian Defence College Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies.  He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2007 Australia Day Honours List.


  Mark Valerio
Vice President
Enterprise Solutions and Integration

Space Systems Company


Mr Valerio currently provides strategic planning and management of key business deliverables across the Space Systems Company. Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager for SSC’s Military Space line of business, where he was responsible for critical national security space programs, including Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF), Defense Meteorological Space Program (DMSP), Global Positioning System (GPS), Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS), Space Protection, and other Department of Defense programs. Prior to that, he was SSC’s Vice President of Programs, leading the Program Management, Subcontract Management and Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations functional organizations, concentrating on strengthening program performance and operational excellence. Mr Valerio has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Widener University-Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree in Information Systems from University of Colorado, Denver. He is also a graduate of the Harvard JFK School of Government’s National and International Security Management program.