Gordon Johndroe, a former National Security Council spokesman and deputy White House press secretary during the George W. Bush administration, has joined Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) as vice president of media relations and international communications.
The 15-year communications and public relations veteran will serve as the company’s chief spokesperson and lead campaigns and strategies for media relations and international outreach, Lockheed said Monday.
He will also counsel senior leaders on media engagements and report to Jennifer Whitlow, Lockheed vice president of corporate communications.
During his tenure at the White House, he was responsible for communicating the U.S. government’s position on national security issues and for helping prepare the president, national security adviser, first lady and press secretary for media interviews and briefings.
Johndroe worked with NSC officials on issues regarding regional affairs, energy, the environment, counter-proliferation, counter-terrorism, defense and intelligence.
He also coordinated with cabinet secretaries, U.S. embassies and military commands, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA on crisis communications and policy releases.
Johndroe’s government career also includes service as director of strategic communications and planning at the State Department; press secretary to first lady Laura Bush; press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security; and assistant White House press secretary.
Prior to joining Lockheed, he served as a VP at public affairs agency APCO Worldwide and helped customers carry out communications campaigns and helped companies form strategies for traditional and social media strategy, among other areas.