Shelly Gotman, managing director of Lockheed Martin‘s (NYSE: LMT) information systems and global solutions unit for Israel, will oversee the company’s newly-opened office in Be’er Sheva.
“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, ” Marillyn Hewson, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, said Wednesday.
Hewson added the country’s strategy is intended to former Israel Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion’s vision of boosting activity in the Negev Desert.
Israel intends for the region to become its “Silicon Valley of Israel” and Lockheed’s investment is aimed at supporting the country’s information technology projects, Hewson added.
Gotman is a former Israeli air force fighter pilot and officer.