Lockheed Martin Names New F-35 and Program Management Leaders

Based out of Fort Worth, the newly appointed executives will help manage the combat aircraft—F-35 and F-35 Lightning—program.

Lockheed Martin has appointed three new leaders to its F-35 and F-35 Lightning II Programs and Program Management, based out of Fort Worth, starting April 12.

When it comes to 2021 hires, Lockheed said it has an ongoing hiring process to support business needs. In the Fort Worth area, the aerospace company currently has around 2,300 open positions, with the expectation to hire around 2,800 employees this year. The positions cover a variety of programs and operations—including a mix of backfilling retirements and other vacancies—as well as new roles.

Bridget Lauderdale has been named vice president and general manager of the F-35 Lightning II Program. She currently serves as vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Integrated Fighter Group. She will be succeeding Greg Ulmer, who was promoted to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics executive vice president Feb. 1. 

In Lauderdale’s new role, she will partner with domestic and international customers to provide the most affordable 5th Generation aircraft in production in the F-35 program. This will in affect advance capabilities by a stable modernization program and increase availability, while reducing operational and sustainment costs. 

Doug Wilhelm, who served as acting vice president and deputy general manager of the F-35 program, will continue to serve permanently. 

Bill Brotherton has been named to a new role as vice president of Aeronautical Enterprise Performance. Previously, he served as acting F-35 vice president and general manager.

Brotherton will oversee program management processes and resources, including cost, schedule, and performance for Aeronautics.

“Bridget, Bill, and Doug are seasoned leaders, uniquely qualified to lead these critical business programs,” Ulmer said in a statement. “Their selection showcases the strength and depth of Lockheed Martin’s leadership succession planning.”

These three leaders have a deep understanding of the Aeronautics’ portfolio and customer relations, and the leadership transition will allow Lockheed Martin to meet the urgent needs of its customers around the globe, Ulmer said in a statement. 

Lauderdale’s successor for the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Integrated Fighter Group role will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, OJ Sanchez, vice president of F-22 program, will serve as acting vice president and general manager interim. 

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