Australian operations are headed by a Chief Executive who reports to a Board of Directors comprising both Australian and US-based executives.


Joe North
Chief Executive
Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand

Chief Executive

Joe North will take up his appointment as the Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand with effect 1 September 2019.

Prior to this appointment, Joe North served as Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) Operations for Australia and New Zealand. 

Mr. North is an experienced program manager with a proven record of leading programs through meaningful change. In his most recent position, he was responsible for the execution and operational activities for all RMS contracts in Australia and New Zealand including future strategic planning. 

Mr. North began his Lockheed Martin career as a program liaison director for the AEGIS program. Over the past 30 years, he has provided an environment of innovation and entrepreneurship for employees, leading Lockheed Martin’s effort to build the nation’s first LCS, USS Freedom (LCS 1), which was delivered to the U.S. Navy in

September 2008 and was deployed two years ahead of schedule. Mr. North continued to lead the Lockheed Martin LCS program, supporting new construction (15 ships), class services, sustainment and international efforts. In addition, Mr. North was responsible for the Launchers, Weapons and Control Systems business, which includes VLS, VLA and the control/automation systems for machinery and damage control.

Mr. North also spent five years in Japan as the DDG 2313 class design and production manager. 

Prior to his industry career, Mr. North worked for Naval Sea Systems Command where he was the lead engineer for the DDG 51 Class weapon systems and topside integration.  He was assigned to the NAVSEA DDG 51 Class Design Team and was a technical lead on the Source Selection Team, as well as a site engineer for the detail design and production start-up.

Mr. North received a Bachelor of Science degree in bio-medical engineering from the Catholic University of America and coursework towards a Master of Science degree in aerospace and ocean engineering at the Virginia Tech University. 

Board of Directors

Richard H. (Rick) Edwards
Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin International
Amy Gowder
Vice President and General Manager
Rotary and Missions Systems, Training and Logistics Solutions
Allan Hawke
Non-executive Director
Lockheed Martin Australia Board of Directors
Gary North
Vice President Customer Requirements
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Dan Norton
Vice President Lockheed Martin Energy
Missiles and Fire Control
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie AO, RAN (Rtd)
Non-Executive Director
Lockheed Martin Australia Board of Directors
Air Marshal (Retired) Geoff Brown AO
Non-Executive Director
Lockheed Martin Australia Board of Directors
Chris Herring
Vice President Special Programs
Lockheed Martin Space
Amanda Vanstone 
Non-executive Director
Lockheed Martin Australia Board of Directors

New Zealand

Graham Lintott
Managing Director - Strategy & Business Development
Lockheed Martin New Zealand
Jerry Szulinski
Program Manager, ALEXANDER - New Zealand
Lockheed Martin Rotary & Mission Systems