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Lockheed Martin appoints Blair as Vice President and CEO for India
By BDK Bureau | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 12/9/2019 5:32:58 PM
Lockheed Martin appoints Blair as Vice President and CEO for India
William (Bill) Blair

William (Bill) Blair has been appointed as Vice President and Chief Executive for Lockheed Martin in India. An announcement to this effect was made on Tuesday, 3rd December. Blair will ensure growth and development of Lockheed Martin’s business in India and look after all LM programmes in the country. He will report to Timothy Cahill, Senior Vice President for Lockheed Martin International.

Immediately prior to assuming this post, Blair was Vice President, Strategic Solutions and Middle East Executive with Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems where he led and developed strategic solutions and expanded business opportunities in countries within the Gulf Cooperation Council, and Israel. In a career spanning 30 years, he has held roles of increasing responsibility, with global assignments including in India where was based on several prior occasions.
 
His appointment signals a deliberate evolution and enhancement of Lockheed Martin’s business in India, underscoring the importance of the Indian market to the Corporation.The the Lockheed Martin executive in India, Blair assumes the role from outgoing Chief Executive and Director for India, Philip (Phil) Shaw.

“I am deeply excited to lead the business during this defining period of evolution in India’s defence capabilities. As the leader in state-of-the-art defence capabilities for use in air, sea and space domains, Lockheed Martin seeks to develop advanced solutions aimed at enhancing Indian national defence and security. We will continue to partner with our customers, partners, national agencies, local industry and research organizations in line with the national missions of Make in India, Skill India, Startup India and Swachh Bharat to contribute to the development of industrial capability and the aerospace ecosystem,” said Blair, adding, “I am grateful for and look forward to building on the great work achieved by Phil (Shaw) and the team over the last seven years.”
 
Shaw commented, “I am privileged to have played a part in the growth of the company in India and contribute to the evolution of indigenous defence manufacturing here. As I plan my transition, I am proud of the strong team we have built in India and the work we have done together. I am excited for Bill (Blair) and am glad to be passing the reins on to him; his international experience and the years he has spent working in India, his proven track record in our business and strategic vision will be instrumental not only to Lockheed Martin, but for the entire Indian aerospace and defence industry.”

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
 
Present in India for over three decades, Lockheed Martin is proud of its longstanding relationships and commitment to customers and partners on existing and potential programs. These range from transport, maritime and fighter aircraft, to shipborne air and missile defence projects as well as capabilities in civil sectors including new and renewable energy. A dedicated partner and developer of sovereign industrial, workforce and enterprise capability development, our multiple joint ventures, apprenticeships and founding membership of the India Innovation Growth Program underscore our belief in Indian industry, talent, and progress.
 

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