Lockheed Martin Israel Office Ribbon Cutting
Remarks As Prepared by
Chairman, President and CEO
Marillyn A. Hewson
Be’er Sheva, Israel
April 9, 2014
Thank you, Joshua, and good morning everyone.
I would like to begin by extending my welcome to Mayor Danilovich. Thank you for the support you’ve given us in establishing this new facility.
To our partners from academia, the business community, government officials, members of the Israeli Defense Force, and special guests: welcome, and thank you all for being here today.
This is an extremely important day, and I am happy to be a part of it. The opening of our Lockheed Martin office here in Be’er Sheva is a demonstration of our commitment to supporting the Israeli Defense Force’s “Move to the South” strategy.
Establishing this office is also an important step in the establishment of Lockheed Martin in Israel. We are investing here and building our local team to ensure we have the resources required to support our valued customers and trusted partners in Israel.
In fact, Joshua introduced Shelly Gotman, who has just joined the Lockheed Martin team as our new Director of Information Systems & Global Solutions office here in Be’er Sheva. Shelly is a former fighter pilot and was a Brigadier General in the Israeli Air Force. We are proud to have him on our team.
The consolidation of IDF Technical Units to new bases in the Negev Desert region is an important transformation of Israel’s information technology capability. We understand the challenges of this move, which is why we are investing in the facilities and people that will ensure we are prepared to support for these critical projects.
By locating our new office in the capital of the Negev, we are well positioned to work closely with our Israeli partners and stand ready to accelerate project execution, reduce program risk and share our technical expertise by training and developing in-country talent.
In the United States, Silicon Valley stands as our country’s center for information technology innovation. With the opening of this office – and the strategic investments being made by the IDF – it is clear that Be’er Sheva is on its way to becoming the Silicon Valley of Israel.
Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion understood the potential for this region when he called for pioneering settlement of the Negev Desert nearly 60 years ago. He spoke with his actions when he himself moved to this region later in life.
The “Move to the South” initiative is a significant step in fulfilling Ben-Gurion’s vision of “making the desert bloom.” And we are proud to be a part of this national center of excellence for information technology in the south.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak here today, and it’s my pleasure to welcome you to the newest Lockheed Martin Israel office.