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Impact Presents: "Leadership In Times Of Rapid Change"

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Wednesday, November 6



Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

800 West Peachtree Street NW, 2nd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30308
Room 200


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Rod McLean is Vice President and General Manager of the Air Mobility & Maritime Missions Line of Business at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta, Georgia. He is also the Site General Manager of the 5,000-employee Marietta facility.

In this role, he is responsible for the C-130 Hercules transport, the C-5 strategic airlifter, the LM-100J commercial air freight variant, and the P-3 Orion. As Site General Manager for the Marietta manufacturing facility, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility. In addition to the AMMM Line of Business (LOB), the Marietta site manufactures Center Wing Assemblies for the F-35 Lightning II multirole, fighter aircraft, and provides sustainment support for the F-22 Raptor.

Prior to this position he was Vice President and General Manager, F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group (IFG) Programs at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas. There he was responsible for an organization of more than 3,000 employees performing new aircraft production, avionics subsystem development, aircraft integration and product support, and sustainment for the F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter and the F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter. His program portfolio also included international partnerships in support of the Japanese F-2 fighter and multiple Korean programs to include the T-50 trainer, F/A-50 light attack, and KF-X aircraft programs. He was responsible for program performance and identifying synergies across programs, aligning them for continued success. Earlier in his career, he served as the F-16 Deputy Vice President and F-16 Program Director for several countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Rod began working with Lockheed Martin in 1994 as a Radar Systems Engineer in Moorestown, New Jersey, and has held a number of roles throughout his career including Advanced Systems Engineering Functional Manager, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Technical Volume Proposal Lead, LCS Integrated Product Team Lead, Chief Systems Engineer, and Executive Assistant to a Business Unit President. Prior to joining Aeronautics, Mr. McLean worked within Lockheed Martin Government Affairs supporting the Corporate Headquarters Executive Staff.

Mr. McLean graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds a master’s degree in Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He serves on North Carolina A&T State University’s Engineering Advisory Board. He and his wife Kathy have three children.

About the Impact Speaker Series:

Since 2002, the IMPACT Speaker Series has brought highly successful business leaders from a variety of industries to campus to share their experiences and give advice to students and other entrepreneurs on topics ranging from "building a venture around intellectual capital" to "successful entrepreneurship in large organizations" and "socially responsible leadership." The weekly series provides Georgia Tech students, alumni, and the Atlanta business community an opportunity to network and learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and notable business and non-profit leaders. The lecture series is sponsored by the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

The series is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.