Marillyn A. Hewson
Chairman, President & CEO
Lockheed Martin Corp.
Marillyn A. Hewson was an industrial engineer when she joined Lockheed Martin more than 35 years ago. She has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions and is among the growing number of women in leadership positions with the nation’s defense contractors.
In a January interview, Hewson said her career has been about more than overcoming the male barriers she has encountered on the road to becoming chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin. It’s also the result “of quieting that little voice in your head that doubts whether you can do that next job or take on that special assignment,” she said.
Hewson said she’s made developing and hiring more women a priority. “I am frequently approached by women at different stages of their careers who tell me that seeing a woman rise to the role of CEO is inspiring and motivating to them. That is immensely gratifying, especially when television and movies often fail to show young girls positive portrayals of women leading and succeeding in the fields of science and engineering.”
Hewson said she is happy to see that Lockheed Martin is building on educational trends by helping girls prepare for high-tech careers.
“We invest in a number of programs to inspire young women to focus on science, technology, engineering, and math in school. We want to encourage more young women to pursue STEM careers so they can help us tackle tough challenges.”