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Lockheed Martin appoints Aussie as global Space VP

Stephen Kuper
Lockheed Martin appoints Aussie as global Space VP

Lockheed Martin has appointed Rod Drury as the vice president international, Lockheed Martin Space. In his new position, Drury will focus on delivering growth through the execution of Lockheed Martin Space’s integrated international strategy.

Drury brings a wealth of experience to his new role having previously held the role of country executive and international business development director for space based in Australia, combined with a career in the Royal Australian Air Force culminating with significant experience gained through a variety of leadership roles. In his new role, Drury will lead the business area’s global growth activities and teams across multiple regions.

He will report to Lockheed Martin Space’s headquarters strategy and business development organisation.

Lockheed Martin Space develops a wide range of satellites and spacecraft, from Mars landers and weather satellites to commercial and military communications networks spanning space and ground. 


Robert Lightfoot, strategy and business development vice president, Lockheed Martin Space, said, “Space has always been a global endeavour, built on international partnerships and collaboration. Rod brings a strong depth of expertise in the space mission priorities of our global customers. From national security to scientific discovery, Rod is adept at matching technology innovations to mission needs.”

Joining the Space team in Canberra and further bolstering local knowledge and expertise is David Ball, the newly appointed regional director Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Lockheed Martin Space. Reporting directly to Drury, Ball will be located in Lockheed Martin Australia’s headquarters in Canberra and will be Space’s lead executive in the region representing the space portfolio of capabilities and services.

Drury said, “We are very pleased that David Ball is joining Lockheed Martin Space to lead the team in the ANZ region.

David is very well known and highly regarded across the Australian space community, and he will work closely with me to further develop the space industry in Australia and New Zealand. His appointment reinforces our commitment to the space sector globally, and our commitment to the Australian space industry.”


Ball brings to the role extensive space environment experience with a career spanning Australian Defence Force, PanAmSat, Intelsat, NewSat Limited, Envista and SERC.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he was the chief executive of the Space Environment Research Centre (SERC), and has held leadership roles in the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) for more than a decade, culminating in his current tenure as chair.  

“I am delighted to join Lockheed Martin to further develop the Australian space industry. Significant opportunity exists in our region and I am looking forward to working with Rod and leading the local team to support further growth,” Ball said.


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