May 12, 2021

Karmyn Norwood

Deputy Vice President of Sensors and Global Sustainment 
Vice President of Rotary Wing & Ground Programs
Lockheed Martin

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Karmyn Norwood is the deputy vice president of the Sensors and Global Sustainment (S&GS) Line of Business and vice president of Rotary Wing & Ground Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Company in Orlando, Florida.  Ms. Norwood is responsible for establishing strategy, direction, and execution oversight for the full product lifecycle of domestic and international products for all rotary wing and ground programs including Apache and Advanced Rotary Wing & Ground Systems. As the deputy vice president of S&GS, she provides programmatic performance, risk and opportunity assessments, and recommendations.  


A Lockheed Martin employee since 2002, Ms. Norwood has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to her current role, Ms. Norwood served as the vice president for the Air Mobility & Maritime Missions International Programs Line of Business for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta, Georgia. In this capacity, she was responsible for the design, development, test, production, sustainment, and modernization of military and civilian aircraft for international customers in over 60 countries.  She also served as the site general manager of the Meridian, Mississippi C-130J production facility where she established the overall strategy and managed plant operations, as well as the production of fifty percent of the primary structures of the C-130J aircraft.  She was the Director of Engineering, responsible for more than 7,000 engineers accountable for the design, development, integration, production and sustainment of military aircraft for the United States and countries around the world. Ms. Norwood also led the internal merger of two multi-billion dollar programs to drive affordability, streamline processes and strengthen the workforce. This merger resulted in the formation of the Integrated Fighter Group. While on the F-22 Program, Ms. Norwood led the sustainment organization, responsible for reliability improvements of the F-22 aircraft to achieve aircraft availability requirements and ensure customer satisfaction.


Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. Norwood worked as a signals analyst for the federal government where she specialized in airborne radar signals. Her diverse background includes experience in engineering, production, sustainment, program management, and general management with a proven track record of performance and business growth. 


Ms. Norwood holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi), a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia), and an Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Ms. Norwood was recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business in 2017 by the Network Journal and is a recipient of the 2015 Black Engineer of Year Special Recognition Award. Most recently, she was named the 2019 National Management Association Executive of the Year and 2020 National Society of Black Engineers Lifetime Achievement Awardee.


Ms. Norwood is a member of the Jackson State University Computer Science, Engineering and Technology Advisory Board, the Kennesaw State University Executive MBA Board, and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board at the University of Arkansas where she provides student development as well as guidance on future industry opportunities in support of the school’s strategic vision. She is dedicated to ensuring a pipeline of diverse talent is developed through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives to help Lockheed Martin meet its future workforce requirements.





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