Executive Vice President, Space
Lockheed Martin Space
Rick Ambrose is executive vice president of Space for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Space is a more than $9 billion enterprise that employs approximately 18,000 people and provides advanced technology systems for national security, civil and commercial customers. Chief products include major systems for satellites, human space flight, strategic and missile defense, satellite command and control, sensor and data processing including predicative analytics and big data applications, space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft as well as a range of sensing, communications and exploration payloads.
With over 39 years of experience in the defense and aerospace industry, Mr. Ambrose has led programs in support of military, commercial and national security missions. Previously, he was president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions-U.S. business, responsible for leading a 6,500-person organization serving the U.S. intelligence community and international partners.
Mr. Ambrose also served as vice president and general manager of the Surveillance and Navigation Systems line of business within Space and prior to that, he led Mission Systems and Sensors Tactical Systems as vice president and general manager. He began his career with Lockheed Martin as vice president of Ground Systems and regional executive of the Rocky Mountain region for the company’s Management and Data Systems and Astronautics Operations.
Before joining Lockheed Martin in 2000, Mr. Ambrose was vice president of Space Systems for Raytheon’s Command, Control and Communications business segment and formerly served as president and general manager for Space Systems, Hughes Information Technology Systems.
Mr. Ambrose chairs the Board of Directors for United Launch Alliance and serves on the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Board of Trustees. He was a 2017 recipient of the National Defense Industrial Association Space Division Peter B. Teets award and is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an International Academy of Astronautics Full Academician.
He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver.
Former Leaders Panel: Communication and Development in Space
Originally aired: April 20, 2023