Lockheed Martin Appoints New Middle East Chief Executive


Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, has announced the appointment of retired Army General John W. Nicholson as its new Chief Executive for the Middle East. Nicholson will take over the position in Abu Dhabi after the retirement of Robert (Bob) S. Harward, who has led Lockheed Martin’s presence in the area since 2014.

Nicholson joins Lockheed Martin after more than 35 years of active service, including six years in Afghanistan at the helm of the US and NATO forces, making him one of America’s most seasoned four-star generals. After retiring from the military in 2018, Nicholson led the PenFed Foundation, a nonprofit that helps U.S. military service members and veterans improve their financial well-being.

“John brings an extensive and unique experience to Lockheed Martin and we are thrilled to have him join us to expand our presence across the region,” said Ray Piselli, vice president, international business, Lockheed Martin.

Bob Harward announced his intention to retire later this year after serving Lockheed Martin for eight years. During his tenure, Harward was instrumental in driving human capital development and industrial partnership initiatives in the region and making the Middle East one of Lockheed Martin’s key global markets.

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