CEO Marillyn Hewson has worn many hats at Lockheed Martin

By: Mandy Price  |   | 

Marillyn Hewson has been the Chief Executive Officer at Lockheed Martin for three years but she's worked at the company for over thirty years. Before becoming the first female CEO of Lockheed Martin, Marillyn held several other positions and gradually made her way to the top. 

She became associated with the company in 1983 after she moved from Alabama to the Southeast with her husband. Her very first position at Lockheed Martin (then Lockheed) was that of a senior industrial engineer. During this time, she also taught economics at a local college. She was promoted to the general manager development program two years later and later became an industrial engineering manager. 

Lockheed saw the potential in Marillyn and gave her regular opportunities for growth. She became the head of Electronics Systems and once also served as an auditor among other corporate staff positions. Marillyn excelled at everything she did and that impressed her predecessor Bob Stevens. In 2012, she was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer, a gig Marillyn thought would be her last. However, after to-be-CEO Christopher Kubasik had to resign because of his relationship with an employee, Marillyn was promoted to CEO in early 2013. 

Her career wouldn't have been as successful if it wasn't for her husband, James Hewson, who took care of things on the home front and raised their two sons, Will, and David. The family moved to 8 locations through 19 different positions in a span of 29 years.

At Lockheed Martin, Marillyn has also held other leadership positions such as President of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration,  President and General Manager of Kelly Aviation Center, L.P, Senior Vice President of Corporate Shared Services,  Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit, and Executive Vice President of Global Sustainment for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.


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