Richard H. Edwards
Strategic Advisor to the CEO
Richard H. (Rick) Edwards is strategic advisor to the CEO on critical enterprise-wide initiatives.
Mr. Edwards has been with the company for more than 35 years and most recently served as executive vice president of Lockheed Martin International helping increase orders and sales, improve business operations and functional coordination, and expand the company’s footprint in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Through his personal outreach and engagement, he strengthened Lockheed Martin’s industrial partnerships around the world, positioning the company for future growth.
Prior to that, Mr. Edwards served as executive vice president of Missiles and Fire Control (MFC). While he was in this role, MFC secured several significant long-term strategic contract wins and grew international sales to 37 percent of MFC’s 2016 sales. Mr. Edwards also served as vice president of Tactical Missiles and Combat Maneuver Systems (TM/CMS) for MFC where he was responsible for Precision Fires, Close Combat Systems, Ground Vehicles, Nuclear Systems and Solutions programs, as well as MFC’s business in the United Kingdom. During that time he achieved significant expansion into new business markets, doubling the size of the TM/CMS line of business in approximately five years.
Throughout his career Mr. Edwards has held several significant leadership positions including: capture program director for the Joint Common Missile, Javelin program director, and Tactical Missiles program director, where he was responsible for all aspects of Javelin, Hellfire, Longbow, Predator, Common Missile and Precision Guided Munitions programs.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Edwards served in a variety of leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Fairchild Republic Company in Hagerstown, Md., where he gained experience in cost estimating and scheduling as well as industrial engineering.
Mr. Edwards is a member of the Association of the United States Army Council of Trustees. He additionally serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Opera and the Advisory Boards for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Navy League of the United States Fort Worth Council and the Committee of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas for the Industry and Community Affiliates.
Mr. Edwards graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.