Richard H. (Rick) Edwards is Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin International. Lockheed Martin’s Board of Directors appointed him to this position in January 2018, and under his leadership, Lockheed Martin International develops and executes strategies to grow the corporation’s international business by strengthening customer relationships and industry partnerships in the 70 countries where we do business. Mr. Edwards also serves as the senior executive overseeing the corporation’s business activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In this role he leads engagements with in-country and U.S. government customers and oversees industrialization, offset, contract negotiation, business development, supply chain, functional and program management activities.
Mr. Edwards has been with the company for more than 30 years and most recently served as executive vice president of 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. Prior to that, Mr. Edwards served as Vice President, Tactical Missiles and Combat Maneuver Systems (TM/CMS) for MFC, where he was responsible for all aspects of 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, he 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 graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He is a member of the Association of the United States Army Council of Trustees. He 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.